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Seed Sowing Calendar
What to sow when in the UK

How to Grow Menu
Instructions for growing various different fruit and vegetables.

Seed Sowing Templates
Download, make and use templates to sow seed evenly

           
Perpetual Calendar
A printable perpetual calendar to help keep track of what to sow when - especially useful for successional sowing.

Sowing peas in lengths of gutter
Sow peas in the greenhouse and transplant them very easily.

Making a Compost Press
How to make and use a compost press from an old plastic chopping board.
           

Garden Diary 2019
Photo-journal of my efforts in the garden and allotments for the year.

Saving Peas for Seed
Saving peas to provide seed for next year.
Seed Templates for Half- Trays

How to make and use a template to sow seeds in a grid pattern for later transplanting.

           

Why keep a gardening diary?
Some reasons you may want to start keeping your own diary.

Grow Onions from Seed - Start-to-Finish
How I grew onions from seed in 2020, and the results.

Making Adjustable Plant Supports
How to make adjustable supports for seedlings from milk bottle tops and kebab skewers.
           
Garden Planner
A printable grid and a page of symbols for greenhouses, sheds, polytunnels etc. to help you plan your allotment.

Growing Onions for Seed - Start to Finish
How I grew show onions to collect the seeds.

Plant Pot Heater
How to make a greenhouse heater from nested terracotta plant pots.
         

YouTube Videos
Making, using and growing things in the garden.

How to Grow Potatoes
A general guide to growing a healthy crop of potatoes.
Growing Potatoes in Bags
How to prepare shopping bags and grow potatoes in them.

FAQs  

       

Can you grow apples from seed?

Save Tomato Seed
How to save seed from home-grown tomatoes.
Pop Bottle Plant Protectors
How to make protection for seeds and seedlings from empty pop-bottles
           
What do I do about tomato blight? How to Ripen Tomatoes
How to encourage tomatoes to ripen, both on and off the vine.
Volvic Bottle Slug Traps
How to make reusable slug traps from empty Volvic bottles.
           
    Pot Strawberry Runners
How to pot strawberry runners to make free plants.
Pop Bottle Spray Nozzles
How to make a simple, controllable means to water seeds and seedlings.
         
    Germinate Sweetcorn Seeds
How to start sweetcorn seeds in a plastic tub for improved germination rates.
Label Holder / Desk Tidy
How to make a hanging label holder or desk tidy from empty pop bottles.
           
    Taking Mint Cuttings
How to get rooted cuttings from mint plants.
Twine Dispenser
How to make a container to hold and dispense garden twine from an empty plastic bottle.
           
    Garlic Wash
How to make garlic wash to deter slugs and snails.
Windmill
How to make a windmill from empty plastic bottles.
           
    Lifting and Replanting Gladioli
How to lift and store gladioli corms for winter and increase your stock for free.
Watering Funnels
How to make watering funnels from empty plastic bottles, to help watering and feeding.
           
    How to Grow Beetroot
How to grow beetroot from sowing to harvest and storage
Plant Pot Feet
How to add feet to a plant pot using plastic milk bottle caps.
           
    How to Grow Chillies
How to grow chillies from sowing to harvest and storage
Fruit Picker
How to make a long-reach fruit picker from a broom handle and a plastic bottle.
           
    How to Grow Sweet Peppers
How to grow sweet peppers from sowing to harvest and storage
Compost Scoop
How to make a compost scoop from an empty detergent bottle.
           
    Seed Germination Test
How to test the viability of old seeds before throwing them out and buying new.
Raised Planters
How to make planters for use in a greenhouse with a concrete or paved floor, or on a patio.
           
    How to Grow Spring Onions
How to grow spring onions from sowing to harvest.
Raised Beds
How to make and install raised beds in a garden or allotment.
           
    How to Grow Shallots
How to grow shallots from planting to harvest and storage.
Hinged Cloches
How to make hinged cloches to fit raised beds. These can be covered with bird net, insect mesh or polythene sheeting.
           
    How to Grow Tomatoes
How to grow tomatoes from sowing to harvest and storage
Cloche Covers
How to make a versatile polythene cloche cover which can be ventilated or removed completely.
           
    How to Grow Leeks
How to grow leeks from sowing to harvest and storage
Seed Sower
How to make a simple aid to sowing seeds from an empty plastic milk bottle.
           
    Get a Greenhouse Winter-Ready
How to clean and insulate a greenhouse for better hygiene and lower heating costs.
Plastic Cups as Plant Pots
How to make cheap plant pots from disposable plastic cups.
           
    Bulb Planter
How to make a bulb planter from reclaimed materials
Making a Watercress Bed
How to make a raised pond to grow watercress.
           
        Making Compost Bays
How to make compost bays from reclaimed pallets.

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