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National Tomato Week

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National Tomato Week

Start your day with Britain's Breakfast; Green Sausage and Egg Yolk Steak Sandwich. Finish with a Bite Size Orange Slice Wapsipinicon Peach Yellow Cocktail. If you look after your Green Zebra, Artisan Purple Bumble Bee and Red Robin, they will reward you with Hundreds and Thousands of Delicious, Bountiful TOMATOES.

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Novice Gardener's Delight

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Novice Gardener's Delight

Tomato plants have a really distinct smell. There is something inordinately pleasing and earthy and, well, fresh about the smell you get if you gently rub your hand on the leaves of a tomato plant.

So, this year I am trying my hand at growing my own.I went cheap-skate and bought three sad, half dead baby plants from the local garden centre to see if I could rescue them. The ‘Gardener’s delight’ is doing well!

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National Gardening Week

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Interested in growing your own food? Then give it a go during National Gardening week, 29th April to 5th May, annual event run by RHS (Royal Horticultural Society). They have lots of ideas; plotting your patch or concocting your container, from creating wildlife habitats for hedgehogs to making a compost heap to improve your soil. Other organisations and gardens all over 'Edible Britain' are staging events and activities so look out for your local news for advice and inspiration. Grow micro greens on your windowsill, beans on your balcony or beetroot in the borders ( the leaves are colourful and you can eat them too in salads!)

Share your ideas or event on our facebook page, or tweet @JustSeedLtd we'd love to know how you are getting on.

 

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Patience is a virtue

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With the promise of warmer days and rising temperatures, it is tempting to load up with trays and pots of seedlings. However hold back from planting them out in your garden. The night time temperatures can plunge after glorious sunny days and the little plants will shiver and shrivel throughout the night. The soil may still be cold so their roots won't have taken hold; seeds will lie dormant in the ground and may rot. We all gaze with envy at our neighbour's patch but unless you have the time to put your planting to bed with a covering of night-time fleece or cloche, or can make the effort to bring them indoors overnight - hold back. Your tomatoes, peppers, beans and the like will catch up with more consistent warmer weather.

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In like a lion

The blog went quiet over February BUT we didn’t. The unseasonable February hot weather and promises of early spring had keen gardeners ordering their seeds early. We have been picking and packing frantically. The poor postie had to come and fill his van up twice a day instead of the more usual single pick up.

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