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Seed saving for beginners – saving French bean seeds

Seed saving for beginners – saving French bean seeds

Saving seeds from your climbing and bush ('French') bean plants is so easy there's really no excuse not to.

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Seed saving for beginners – saving tomato seeds

Seed saving for beginners – saving tomato seeds

It’s incredibly easy to save tomato seeds because the flower pollinates itself as it opens, so crosses are rare.

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Seed saving for beginners – saving lettuce seeds

Lettuce is easy to save seed from, provided you have room (and a little patience)

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Seed saving for beginners – saving pea seeds

Seed saving for beginners – saving pea seeds

Learn how to save seeds with our guide to the easiest crop of all - peas.

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Growing Kohlrabi

Kohl Rabi are easy to grow and store well. You can eat the leaves, and the bulb is crunchy with a delicate, sweet taste.

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Growing oyster mushrooms at home

Grow your own oyster mushrooms with just straw, a plastic bag and mushroom spawn

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Growing shiitake mushrooms

Growing shiitake mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are delicious but really expensive. However, with just a little effort and some patience you can easily grow your own at home. Growing shiitake mushrooms needs little in the way of materials...

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Growing Aubergines

Growing Aubergines

Aubergines are tricky in the UK but can be successful if grown under cover. They should be started early, and pampered!

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Growing Courgettes

Growing Courgettes

Courgettes are definitely a member of the ‘Most Awaited Crops’ group in the UK and can give you a harvest from June right through to the first frost - and even longer under cover.

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Growing Leeks

Growing Leeks

Leeks are easy to grow, space-efficient and hardy too.

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Growing cucumbers

Indoors or outdoors, growing cucumbers is easy provided you take good care of the seedlings.

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Slugs and snails: protecting seedlings with copper tape

Slugs and snails: protecting seedlings with copper tape

Protect tender plants from slugs and snails with confidence, using copper tape and bottle cloches.

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Grow strawberries in a polytunnel for really early crops

Forget June - you can be picking fresh, tasty strawberries as early as April using a polytunnel.

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Garlic and Elephant Garlic

Garlic is easy to grow and virtually pest-free, so it’s well worth giving it some space - especially in a polytunnel or greenhouse.

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Nettle beer: celtic home brew for beginners

Nettle beer: celtic home brew for beginners

Two simple recipes for this centuries old country drink - one with malt, one without.

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Growing turnips

Often ignored by cooks and gardeners as uninteresting and bland, the humble turnip is an extremely tasty addition to soups, stews and even salads.

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Growing parsnips

One of our most versatile and popular vegetables, parsnips are great whether boiled, roasted or mashed - and, best of all, growing parsnips is really easy!

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Growing potatoes

Growing potatoes

If you want freshly-dug potatoes before anyone else, plant a few first early potatoes in your polytunnel.

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Growing Figs

Growing Figs

Fig trees can actually be grown in the UK with no problem - in fact, we've been growing figs since the Romans first introduced them.

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Growing Chard

Easy to grow and easy to cook, the lowly chard - while not perhaps the most exciting vegetable in the garden - is definitely one of the most reliable.

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Growing Globe Artichokes

Globe Artichokes are a gourmet delight, and if you haven’t ever tried one then, well, you don’t know what you’re missing.

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Sloe jelly recipe: a taste of the wild

Sloe jelly recipe: a taste of the wild

Tart, tangy and mysteriously dark - one of the finest jams you can make.

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Sloe gin recipe

Sloe gin recipe

Tangy and warming, your own version of sloe gin can as be tart or sweet as you like it.

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Growing citrus trees

Growing citrus trees

It's quite possible to grow citrus trees in the UK, so long as you can give them a warm, sheltered spot.

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Hibernating habitats

Hibernating habitats

Clearing up for winter is a great opportunity to create cosy habitats for invertebrates, amphibians and small mammals so that they can hibernate in safety and comfort.

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The first foray: one man’s introduction to wild mushrooms

With elements of rambling, collecting, science and treasure-hunting, there's more to mushroom hunting than gathering food.

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Growing beans

Growing beans

Beans are hugely popular vegetables and very easy to grow, so there is almost sure to be a bean out there that will be perfect for your garden.

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Hazelnuts – gathering, growing, shelling and roasting

Hazelnuts are the most important wild nut for foragers, but can be planted to give a worthwhile harvest in just five years.

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Storing onions: how to make a string of onions

Making a string of onions using a loop of twine as a hidden support gives them a professional look that won't unravel in storage.

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Sweet chestnuts – gathering, peeling, roasting and cooking

Learn to peel, roast, dry and cook chestnuts, a traditional forager's treat. Autumn just wouldn't be the same without them!

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Tomato tar – yellow on the skin, green on your towels

Tomato tar – yellow on the skin, green on your towels

Learn how to remove tomato tar, the tacky yellow powder that comes off tomato plants and leaves green stains on fabric.

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Growing Onions

Easy to grow and easy to store, there are lots of different types of onion available and different approaches to growing them.

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Wild mushrooms

Wild mushrooms

If you learn to identify them, wild mushrooms can become an important part of your diet and are absolutely free.

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Growing beetroot

Beetroot is an easy and rewarding crop. With a little know-how it can be harvested fresh for 9 months of the year, and stores well.

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Growing peas

Growing peas

Peas are one of the vegetable grower’s favourite plants. Easy and fun to grow, it’s well worth making room for some.

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Seed saving – introduction

Seed saving – introduction

Saving seed can give you better germination, healthier plants and save you money. What are you waiting for?

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Elderflower cordial recipe

Elderflower cordial recipe

Served over ice, this delicious drink is the essence of English summer.

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Elderflower champagne recipe

Elderflower champagne recipe

Elderflower champagne is easy to make with no special equipment. Slightly alcoholic, with a beautiful floral flavour.

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Making biodegradable paper pots

How to make biodegradable pots from newspaper, with no clips, staples or pot former needed.

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Making the most of kale

Making the most of kale

Provided you know how to harvest it properly, kale is not tough or bitter. Even the flower stems are edible and delicious.

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Growing salad rocket (arugula)

Growing salad rocket (arugula)

One vital ingredient of winter salads is rocket (arugula). The ‘wild’ variety, can be grown all year round in a polytunnel (high tunnel) or cloche.
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