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LAYOUT OF GROWING AREAS

admin / November 16, 2017

Assuming that there is not a great deal of structure already in the plot, you have the opportunity to set the growing areas out in a manner to maximise fruit and vegetable production, cut down the weekly maintenance, and enable you to carry out your annual rotation of the crops. Draw up a plan of your proposed growing area. At its simplest,…

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GROUND CLEARANCE

admin / November 16, 2017

Clearing your new vegetable or fruit plot of any annual or perennial weeds involves hard graft, whichever method you use. The first task is to check your plot to see if there are useful shrubs and trees that you should retain. All too frequently, I have seen lovely good cropping old fruit trees, cut down through ignorance. Ask your neighbours to…

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SUNDRIES

admin / November 16, 2017

CLOCHES. Very useful for early crops. The cheapest and best can be found in season from Supermarkets. Usually in kit form, 5 m long x 2 m wide perforated, UV stabilised polythene cover, with sufficient plastic support hoops. The edges of the polythene cover must be well fixed to the ground with stones or lengths of timber, or soil, otherwise…

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TOOLS

admin / November 16, 2017

You do not need to spend a fortune on tools nowadays, as many Supermarket tools are adequate for the job. If you are paying more than the suggested “Target price”, (TP) you are shopping at the wrong place! It is how you use the tools, not the price that makes the difference! Listed below are some of the essentials to get…

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WEATHER CHARTS

admin / November 16, 2017

The January Temperature Map shows that the milder conditions extend right up the West Coast, including the Glasgow Area, and are particularly marked on the English South West and the South coasts. The colder areas extend down the Pennines and the Peak District, into the Midlands, the central and eastern areas of England and into the higher areas of Wales.…

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CLIMATE

admin / November 16, 2017

The primary climatic factors affecting plant growth are the average temperatures, rainfall, and sunshine that reaches the site, with the addition of frost and snow in Winter. The various climatic maps on the next page, will enable you to assess what the affect of the climatic factors will be on your own location. For the best detailed Daily Weather Forecast,…

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