When are Onions Almost Ready for Lifting?

When they begin to do this..... Some of the onions are naturally bending or 'flopping' over now, the leaves are still very green so they're not ready just yet. What they're doing now is getting ready for the drying process which is really important if they're to store well. At the moment I've exposed the bulbs to the sun … Continue reading When are Onions Almost Ready for Lifting?

Pinch out Broad Bean Tops

My broad beans are flowering and beginning to form small bean pods lower down on the plants. I spent a few minutes yesterday pinching out the tops. Pinching out broad bean tops helps to avoid an infestation of black bean aphid, it also encourages the plants to direct their energy into forming nice big pods of … Continue reading Pinch out Broad Bean Tops

How to Grow Sweetcorn

I started sowing sweetcorn about a week ago using 4 inch pots inside the greenhouse, the seedlings are germinating well in this tropical heat that we are experiencing at the moment. All you need to keep sweetcorn happy until planted outside (wait until the last frosts are over) is a sunny windowsill, they love the heat but need plenty of … Continue reading How to Grow Sweetcorn

Pulling Rhubarb

My Timperley Early rhubarb is ready for pulling, yay! As its name suggests it is one of the earliest to crop and known to be great for forcing too. My crown is now three years old, huge and healthy. I left it well alone in its first year, no harvesting at all which can weaken a young crown, then only lightly harvesting for a few weeks … Continue reading Pulling Rhubarb

Planting Summer and Autumn Fruiting Raspberry Canes

I planted Tulameen and Joan J raspberry canes at the weekend, 3 canes of each variety which will be plenty for my daughter and I, the only raspberry fans of the family. If you've never planted raspberry canes before it really is very easy. The following guide shows how I planted the summer fruiting (Tulameen) canes - hand model … Continue reading Planting Summer and Autumn Fruiting Raspberry Canes