What is a seed potato?

What is a seed potato?

A seed potato is a potato that has been grown to be replanted to produce a potato crop. It’s the usual way that potatoes are made available to farmers and growers – although it is possible to produce potato seeds (also known as True Potato Seed, TPS), it is unusual to...
Soil type and how to improve your soil

Soil type and how to improve your soil

It’s raining heavily today, so there’s no point even trying to go outside into the garden, but if there’s a plus point to such dreadful weather then it does – at least temporarily – make people aware of what’s under their feet. Soil tends to be forgotten until it...
How to protect fruit trees from frost

How to protect fruit trees from frost

When I woke up yesterday morning, it was misty. We’re approaching the middle of October, which is the usual time for the first frosts of autumn in my part of the UK. People in different areas are already reporting the arrival of the frosts on Twitter. This means it’s...
Grow your own duck food

Grow your own duck food

An example of what not to feed to ducks! Many years ago, long before my gardening obsession began, I spent a season or two living in a ground floor flat in Newbury that had patio doors that opened onto a backwater. Shortly after moving in we made friends with the...
Glutbusters: March 2016

Glutbusters: March 2016

For this month’s edition of Glutbusters I thought I would herald the imminent start of the new growing season by concentrating on some useful techniques – I’ll do the basics now, in part 1, and come back to look at some other methods next month. If you want to go...
How to store tubers for planting

How to store tubers for planting

The arrival of some ulluco (Ulluco tubers) tubers from Incredible Vegetables left me pondering how best to store them until it’s time to plant them out (after the risk of frost has passed, in spring). Given that I also have mashua and oca tubers kicking around the...

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