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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Autumn Planting on the Allotment....

Now is the time to buy your garlic ready to plant it in November. 

Some years I tried to plant it later but that has never been as successful as when I planted it in November.

  • Garlic likes to grow in a place that will be sunny spot in a well drained soil. 

Yes I know, we cannot order the sun basically it prefers not to be in the shade and the sun will help to 'ripen' it. Do not plant it in an area which will be waterlogged in the winter months.

You can grow garlic in the ground or in containers including pots.

You will find that the planting instructions  for planting depth and distance apart come with the garlic that you purchase.

If you have never grown garlic before you may not know that you  carefully split the garlic bulb open  remove the individual cloves and plant them separately.  the cold weather will help them to divide and produce a bulbs with cloves of garlic inside them like the original garlic you started out with. You will find that different varieties have different flavours and that some are known to be better than other types if you wish to store them to use later.

That is it really except if you are looking for a place to buy you garlic bulbs to grow your own here is a link to a reputable supplier -   buy garlic from Thompson & Morgan 

a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote