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Extra July feed delights ambitious crops

Extra July feed delights ambitious cropsExtra feeds refresh lucky crops with top-up nutrients during hot weather cropping. Tomatoes will love you for it. As will other fast living chaps. Focus on your hungriest crop first, such as potatoes; courgettes and relatives; cabbage and relatives; fruiting bushes and little trees, and flowers attracting pest-eating insects. Remember container grown crops are always […]

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Master Gardeners join fight for peat-free gardening

Master Gardeners join fight for peat-free gardeningOur volunteers are helping communities and their mentored households to reduce the use of peat for growing food and flowers, part of Garden Organic’s campaign, ‘I Don’t Dig Peat‘. Most gardeners do all they can to invite wildlife into their gardens – but by using compost containing peat, thousands of us are destroying the home […]

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Good serving from delicious strawberries

Good serving from delicious strawberriesWimbledon starts soon with qualifying for eager tennis players and strawberry eaters. Championship start 20th June where over 8,500 punnets of strawberries are expected to be eaten every day… So now is the time to pamper your crop. Keep plants well watered with an occasionally organic feed. Protect fruit from birds with horticultural netting over […]

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Exciting month for tender crops

Exciting month for tender cropsMay weather offers cold-sensitive crops new ambition. They can be safety planted outside this month after the last frost… Oh, but it’s horticultural risky. Crop-favourites like pumpkins start life indoors and move outside from the middle of the month in southern areas. It’s also mid-May in lots of city centres and sheltered coastal areas. While […]

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Pinch, punch – 1st of the month

Pinch, punch – 1st of the monthTomatoes grow fast, but sometimes in the wrong direction. May is the time to ‘pinch out’ spare side-shoots nestled between the main stem and leaves. This act of denial by grow-your-own-ers keeps plants growing upright and focussed on producing fruit. Otherwise side-shoots take away energy and light – and clog-up the plant, inviting diseases with […]

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  • Goodbye Master Gardeners and Food Buddies Posted on 15 May 2017
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  • Chutneys and preserves at In-Service Training day Posted on 21 November 2016
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    For those Breckland Master Gardeners and Norfolk Master Composters who attended the grafter’s course in February, can you let me know how things are progressing? It seems that qu...
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