Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own – Jobs for the Month

28th June 2013

In the grow-your-own garden, things have not all been plain sailing but salads are cropping and early peas are picking now. Beans have been really slow to get going with repeated germination failures because of the cold and poor light levels. Courgettes are a bit behind but will soon catch up. With any garden crop, regular picking and start feeding at the right time not when the plants are looking sick or have stopped performing! The other good move is to sow fresh crops – a little but often works well. A short row of salad leaves every couple of weeks will give a continuous supply of tasty fresh green goodness. There’s still time to sow spring onions, radishes, Swiss chard, spinach, late carrots, spring cabbages and cauliflowers to overwinter.
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6 Tips how to get the most out of your Seed Potatoes

25th February 2013

Potatoes from your plot….

With the shortage of potatoes having driven the prices up in the shops, it makes sense to grow a few spuds yourself this year!  They are easy and rewarding to grow and it’s good exercise too!  Here are a few tips to getting started;

  • Choosing seed potatoes from the garden centre (on sale now!)  These are certified as being pest and disease free which is key to getting a good healthy crop.  The seed potatoes are clearly marked on the packs:
  • First early – choose these varieties if you want new potatoes early in the season.  Plant mid to end of March to crop mid to late June
  • Second early – plant these varieties early to mid April to crop late July to early August
  • Maincrop – Plant mid April to crop early – mid August.  These can also be stored fro autumn and winter use.
  • Chitting – Just means encouraging the seed potatoes to produce sturdy green shoots before planting.  Place in trays or egg boxes with the end with most buds uppermost somewhere light and cool (and frost free) until you’re ready to plant.
  • Soil – Potatoes love an enriched soil – lots of home made compost or bagged rotted manure or similar.  A general fertilizer is a good idea too but avoid using lime with potatoes. …read more »

Chitting your potatoes

8th February 2013

Potatoes from your plot….

With the shortage of potatoes having driven the prices up in the shops, it makes sense to grow a few spuds yourself this year!  They are easy and rewarding to grow and it’s good exercise too!  Here are a few tips to getting started;

  • Choosing seed potatoes from the garden centre (on sale now!)  These are certified as being pest and disease free which is key to getting a good healthy crop.  The seed potatoes are clearly marked on the packs:
  • First early – choose these varieties if you want new potatoes early in the season.  Plant mid to end of March to crop mid to late June
  • Second early – plant these varieties early to mid April to crop late July to early August
  • Maincrop – Plant mid April to crop early – mid August.  These can also be stored for autumn and winter use.
  • Chitting – Just means encouraging the seed potatoes to produce sturdy green shoots before planting.  Place in trays or egg boxes with the end with the most buds uppermost somewhere light and cool (and frost free) until you’re ready to plant.
  • Soil - Potatoes love an enriched soil – lots of home made compost or bagged rotted manure or similar.  A general fertilizer is a good idea too but avoid using lime with potatoes.

Our full range of seed potatoes are now here and we have many varieties to choose from!

Amongst our ‘first early’ crop we have;

  • Arran Pilot
  • Pentland Javelin
  • Epicure
  • Vales Emerald
  • Swift
  • Sharpes express
  • Foremost
  • Accord

We also have a selection of Second early & Main crop.  All come in 2.5 kg bags at £3.99

How to grow your Mangold Wurzel

12th April 2010

Mangel Wurzel or Mangold Wurzel (Beta vulgaris), is a root vegetable of the family Chenopodiaceae, genus Beta (the beets). It has large white, yellow or orange-yellow swollen roots – mostly above ground. Both leaves and routes can be eaten, if you find you’re really hungry! Leaves can be slightly steamed for salads or lightly boiled as a vegetable if treated like English spinach. They like to be well fed and watered and the roots like potato for serving mashed diced or in sweet curries.

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Planting Seed Potatoes Top Tip

27th January 2010

For best results, let the potato seed ‘sprout’ before planting. Purchase the seed from Orchard Park in late January. In mid February, place the seeds in boxes in a light airy position at a temperature of roughly 10°C / 50°F.

The potato seed should be positioned so that the sprouts are uppermost and the ‘stalk’ end (where they were severed from the parent plant) is at the bottom. Sometimes this is a bit difficult to judge, but if you get it wrong, and the potatoes sprout from the bottom end, simply rub off the sprouts and turn the potato to the correct position.

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Grow your own veg

4th August 2009

The big story this year has been home veg growing. Grow your own has so many real benefits from cost-beating home production to having fresh produce with real home grown flavour and the immense satisfaction of putting something you have grown yourself on the dinner table.

It’s absolutely unbeatable!