Sowing Timeline for Vegetables

7th December 2018 Sowing

These dates are distilled from 36 years trial and error in my gardens, where my results have highlighted best timings for best results. You can sow these vegetables at different times and they will g

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Multisowing

7th December 2018 Sowing

The vegetables I have found worth sowing and growing in clumps For certain vegetables, there are considerable benefits of sowing two or more seeds together, as opposed to a single seed per module or s

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Choosing seeds and varieties

7th December 2018 Seeds and Varieties, Sowing

Which seed variety to buy – these have worked for me, over several seasons. Firstly let’s consider seed quality, of what you may buy. Seed Sourcing and freshness Companies like Plants of D

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Propagation: germinate, grow and plant seedlings for a long season of bigger harvests

7th December 2018 Seeds and Varieties, Sowing, Videos

Skills you need to make the most of your precious seeds and to elongate the growing season, through early sowing, overlapping crops and filling empty spaces at any time. My tips cover where to sow, ho

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Sowing and Growing for Schools

7th December 2018 Schools, Sowing

The gardening methods I recommend, no dig with less rotation and ultimately less weeding, are great for youngsters in school. For harvests in term time If you have an indoor propagating facility, sowi

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Early summer veg garden. Harvests and speedy replant, inter-sow, weed, water. make compost

4th December 2018 Making Compost, Sowing, Summer, Videos

Summer arrives and the garden is full, with harvests happening and more to follow (this is zone 8a oceanic temperate). I show sowing and replanting to keep the harvests coming into winter, give tips o

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How to grow radish multisow or direct for fast harvests spring and autumn

4th December 2018 Autumn, Sowing, Spring, Videos

A re-release after the first upload of May 2017 disappeared from my YouTube channel. The same video, filmed and edited by Edward Dowding February to April, starting with multisowing the seeds in modul

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Moon Sowing

4th December 2018 Sowing

Gardeners at my talks and courses show keen interest when sowing by the moon comes up. This does not mean sowing by moonlight! It is about choosing dates for seeds to germinate when the moon phase or

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How to grow lettuce: sow, plant, protect plus the Charles Dowding picking method

4th December 2018 Sowing, Videos

Lettuce plants can produce for months when harvested by hand (no knife!) and kept tidy (fewer slugs!), I show you the method here. You also see the results of an experiment with different composts for

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Ways to grow and pick broad beans, showing results of sowing both autumn and spring

4th December 2018 Autumn, Sowing, Spring, Videos

Broad or FAVA beans are a hardy vegetable which tolerates some frost. In my garden, zone 8 climate with average winter lows of -6 to -8C/20F, broad beans get their roots down in autumn and sit quietly

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Grow leeks from multisown modules: quicker, cheaper, easier, high yield

4th December 2018 Sowing, Videos

I have been multi-sowing many vegetables since the 1980s, and lately, the method has become popular. No wonder in view of the money, time and space you save in propagation. Then there is the benefit o

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