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Seed Sowing Calendar
What to sow when in the UK

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

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


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

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.

Seed Templates for Half- Trays

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

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.

Making Adjustable Plant Supports
How to make adjustable supports for seedlings from milk bottle tops and kebab skewers.

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

How to Grow Potatoes
A general guide to growing a healthy crop of potatoes.
Plant Pot Heater
How to make a greenhouse heater from nested terracotta plant pots.



Can you grow apples from seed?

Save Tomato Seed
How to save seed from home-grown tomatoes.
Growing Potatoes in Bags
How to prepare shopping bags and grow potatoes in them.
What do I do about tomato blight? How to Ripen Tomatoes
How to encourage tomatoes to ripen, both on and off the vine.
Pop Bottle Plant Protectors
How to make protection for seeds and seedlings from empty pop-bottles
    Pot Strawberry Runners
How to pot strawberry runners to make free plants.
Volvic Bottle Slug Traps
How to make reusable slug traps from empty Volvic bottles.
    Germinate Sweetcorn Seeds
How to start sweetcorn seeds in a plastic tub for improved germination rates.
Pop Bottle Spray Nozzles
How to make a simple, controllable means to water seeds and seedlings.
    Taking Mint Cuttings
How to get rooted cuttings from mint plants.
Label Holder / Desk Tidy
How to make a hanging label holder or desk tidy from empty pop bottles.
    Garlic Wash
How to make garlic wash to deter slugs and snails.
Twine Dispenser
How to make a container to hold and dispense garden twine from an empty plastic bottle.
    Lifting Gladioli
How to lift and store gladioli corms for winter and increase your stock for free.
How to make a windmill from empty plastic bottles.
    How to Grow Beetroot
How to grow beetroot from sowing to harvest and storage
Watering Funnels
How to make watering funnels from empty plastic bottles, to help watering and feeding.
    How to Grow Chillies
How to grow chillies 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 Sweet Peppers
How to grow sweet peppers from sowing to harvest and storage
Fruit Picker
How to make a long-reach fruit picker from a broom handle and a plastic bottle.
    Seed Germination Test
How to test the viability of old seeds before throwing them out and buying new.
Compost Scoop
How to make a compost scoop from an empty detergent bottle.
    How to Grow Spring Onions
How to grow spring onions from sowing to harvest
Raised Planters
How to make planters for use in a greenhouse with a concrete or paved floor, or on a patio.
        Raised Beds
How to make and install raised beds in a garden or allotment.
        Hinged Cloches
How to make hinged cloches to fit raised beds. These can be covered with bird net, insect mesh or polythene sheeting.
        Cloche Covers
How to make a versatile polythene cloche cover which can be ventilated or removed completely.
        Seed Sower
How to make a simple aid to sowing seeds from an empty plastic milk bottle.

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