How To Grow Potatoes Without Worrying About Blight

Potato blight is a disease that can rapidly destroy an entire crop of formerly healthy potato plants, leaving you with little more than a row of moldy leaves, and a minuscule crop of tiny potatoes that won’t store and therefore, need to be eaten virtually immediately.

Blight is most likely to occur in warm damp weather conditions, and as little as two days of warmth and high humidity, can result in blight warnings being issued. The disease is carried on the wind in the form of spores that can travel many miles, with outbreaks usually occurring between June and September (mainly in wet areas of the country).

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9 Renowned Veggies That Are Pretty Easy To Grow

1) Radish

Radishes must be grown quickly, or they will become hard and woody and not be worth eating. This means they must be kept moist at all times. Sow the seeds thinly in shallow drills at three week intervals from early March for succession, and thin them to 5cm/2in in the rows.

They can be grown between slow maturing crops, as they will be out of the way before sprouts or potatoes need the space between the rows. Last sowings should be made in July.

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8 Wholesome Veggies to Grow in Your Home Garden

With the ever increasing cost of vegetables, it makes more sense now than ever before to grow your own. It is not difficult, or even excessively space consuming. You can grow vegetables with attractive foliage among the flowers—carrots, beetroot and runner beans are all good to look at as well as to eat.

The important thing is that any vegetable site should have plenty of sunlight. You should also remember to (more…)

A Basic Guide To Successional Sowing And Cropping

Successional sowing or planting of vegetables on a particular piece of ground will ensure a constant supply for the kitchen. Such successional cropping can be achieved either by sowing or planting the follow-on crops.

Successional sowing and cropping
Good planning will ensure regular supplies.

 

FIRST CROP FOLLOW-ON CROP
Crop Sown/Planted Crop harvested by Crop Distance between rows Distance between plants in rows
Sprouting broccoli (purple or white) Planted June-July from an April—May sowing April-May following year Dwarf French beans 45 cm (18 in) Thinned to 15 cm (6 in)
Early carrots (for pulling when young) March sown End May Dwarf French beans 45 cm (18 in) Thinned to 15 cm (6 in)
Kohl rabi or Summer turnips March sown Mid-July Main crop carrots (for pulling young) 20-30 cm (8-12 in) Thinned for use
Early peas February-March sown June-July Autumn lettuce 30 cm (12 in) Thinned to 30 cm (12 in)
Early broad beans or Early summer cauliflower November sown Planted March from September sowing under glass Beginning July Winter turnips or Carrots or salad onions 20—30 cm (8—12 in) 20-30 cm (8-12 in) Thinned for use
Shallots February planted End July Winter turnips or Winter spinach 30-40 cm (12—16 in) Thinned to 20—30 cm (8-12 in) Thinned to 15 cm (6 in)
Second early potatoes Late March planted End August Salad onions 20-30 cm (8-12 in) 0.5—1.0 cm ( ¼ – ½in )
Maincrop potatoes End April planted Beginning October Early broad beans (November sown) 45-60 cm (18-24 in) 15-20 cm (6-8 in)

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How to Grow Lettuce in Your Home Vegetable Garden

Growing lettuce is an excellent choice as an addition to your home vegetable gardening. It is very healthy and takes up little space, which is why I recommended planting it under your growing cucumbers for space and shade.

Lettuce is a hardy and cool climate vegetable that enjoys an average temperature around 60-70 degrees. However, we are going to touch on it later, a method to keep lettuce from bolting in the face of a hot summer.

First I do want to discuss why lettuce thrives best in cooler weather. Lettuce should be planted in early spring or late summer.

lettuce plants thriving in cool weather

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