Beetroot, Blog, Seeds, Spinach, Swill Chard

How To Save Leaf Beet, Perpetual Spinach, Swiss Chard and Sugar Beet Seeds

Beetroot, leaf beet/perpetual spinach, swiss chard & sugar beet are all members of the same family & will cross readily. They are biennial, and flower in their second year. Chard/leaf beet for seed are overwintered in situ, and will be fine in most of the UK. Select a minimum of six to eight plants to leave for seed which best fit your needs (depending on your preference for stem versus leaf, smooth or wrinkled leaves etc). Beetroot can also be overwintered in situ, or can be harvested in autumn, the best plants selected & stored then replanted in spring.

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Asparagus, Beans, Blog, Broad Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Garlic, Leeks, Onions, Pak Choi, Peas, Spinach

Vegetables To Plant In Winter

Some people talk about ‘resting’ the soil over winter, however the soil doesn’t rest in nature. It is a living community and although growing slows down, it still happens. You don’t have to abandon your garden in winter, there are plenty of vegetables to grow that will let you to extend the season and close the hungry gap a bit.


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7 July, Beans, Broccoli, Onions, Permaculture, Potatoes, Rocket, Runner Beans, Spinach, This Week In The Garden

First Week In July 2014

Happy Birthday To My Blog!

I’ve now been blogging every week for a whole year and what a year it has been.  I’ve gone from having a keen interest in gardening to completing a Permaculture Design Course and catapulting myself full on in to the world of Permaculture.  I’ve changed the way that I grow things dramatically and have quadrupled my yield.   Learn more

6 June, Leeks, Mizuna, Recipes, Spinach, This Week In The Garden

The Fourth Week In June

Well, this week has been really beautiful weather once again.  We still really need rain though!

There is loads available to eat now, broccoli is ready, lots of beans and peas and early squashes.  Time seems to be racing by, the days and weeks of summer are so precious.  The usual maintenance jobs and picking and storing food that’s ready.  Juicing each morning helps to use up lots of the greens. Learn more

6 June, Beans, Blog, Cabbage, Companion Planting, Fruit & Veg, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Permaculture, Rocket, Spinach, Spring Onions, This Week In The Garden

The First Week In June

It’s quite a labour intensive time of the season just now, with everything growing so quickly.  It’s wonderful to see everything thriving and blooming.

This week I’ve planted more cucumbers out in the greenhouse and some outdoor beefsteak tomatoes in pots.  I’ve put parsnips in and also some Mexican spinach. Learn more