Potato Blight Prevention Better than Cure with Copper Sulphate

Potato Blight Prevention Better than Cure with Copper Sulphate
Warm windy weather brings with it, the horrible fungus that is Phytophthora infestans. More commonly known as Potato Blight, Phytophthora multiplies at alarming rates in warm, damp conditions generally around the months of June and July. Combined with windy conditions which is required for the fungal spores to spread, Phytophthora can reek havoc on your ...

Greenhouses need Water Butts

Greenhouses need Water Butts
If you have a greenhouse I’m sure the first issue you have is how to water and keep your plants well at all times. With the heat retained in a greenhouse your plants and pots will dry out within a day or two if additional water is not supplied. This lack of water leads first ...

Position Garden Trays & Propagators for Best Light Levels

Position  Garden Trays & Propagators for Best Light Levels
With the extended winter that we are experiencing and the cold nights set to last for another week there has been a gradual build up of garden trays, plant pots and propagators eagerly awaiting better light conditions in which to grow. If you are like me and you’ve already been busy potting up this summer’s ...

Before Planting Potatoes, Get to Know your Plot

Before Planting Potatoes, Get to Know your Plot
All that stands between a bountiful crop and a determined gardener is the plot which he has to work with. There are a number of elements to consider when looking over your plot and assessing its suitability to grow potatoes and other vegetables. Size: How big is your plot? For a family of 4 you ...

How to Grow Tomatoes from Seeds in Ireland

How to Grow Tomatoes from Seeds in Ireland
If you are considering growing tomatoes this year then now is the time to get sowing your seeds. Late February is the best time to begin sowing seeds as it take quite a long time for a tomato plant to mature and develop its juicy fruits. To grow tomatoes in Ireland you will need a ...

Sowing Peas from Seed in an Autumn Garden

Sowing Peas from Seed in an Autumn Garden
October is certainly a time for harvesting our vegetable plots but that doesn’t spell the end of our years work as we can get right back to planting with a range of hardy late spring crops such as spring cabbage, spring onions, spinach, lettuce while other crops that can be sown in autumn for a ...

Cabbage or Carrots? Which Grows Better in your Soil?

Cabbage or Carrots? Which Grows Better in your Soil?
At the beginning of the growing gardeners need to make the tough decisions on which vegetables to grow this year and which vegetables to exclude. Certainly not an easy decision to make as I’m sure we would like to grow every type of vegetable out there from Melons to Mange touts but unfortunately we are ...

Rotate your Beans for a Successful Vegetable Plot

Rotate your Beans for a Successful Vegetable Plot
Crop rotation is both essential and simply to do, so why is it that so few of us do it? Rotating vegetables is essential for three reasons: To conserve soil nutrients and fertility To prevent the build up of pests and soil borne diseases To add nutrients to the soil   Really any one of ...

Remember to Label your Plant Pots

Remember to Label your Plant Pots
Gardening should be all about trial and error, there is no reason why every gardener shouldn’t try his or her hand at growing all manner of different flowers and fruits. The beauty of gardening is that if you do it right then you’ll have a lovely new plant, and if you do it wrong; well, ...

Tips for Growing Seed Potatoes

Tips for Growing Seed Potatoes
If you are thinking about growing potatoes in your vegetable garden this year be sure to take the time to plan out and prepare your plot before sowing. Potatoes are hungry vegetables and like a lot of nutrients and soil that is slight acidic to grow well. If you prepare your site just right, you ...