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'How To Grow Lettuce'

Salad Leaves - a lot to be desired

…leaves of well-grown lettuce will still reign supreme in the salad bowl, despite the growing competition. Seed of all these unusual salad ingredients are available from Thompson & Morgan. And don't forget, salad ingredients are very vulnerable to slug damage, so always try to avoid a wasted crop…

Top 10 vegetables to grow over winter

…Plant rows of Lambs Lettuce, Land Cress and Mustard alongside to add a spicy, peppery flavour to your winter salads. For tasty, crisp heads of Lettuce you can also try Lettuce 'Winter Gem'. 9. Carrots For an exceptionally early crop of carrots in spring try growing Adelaide. This fast-maturing…

What to sow and grow in May

…sow sunflowers where they are to flower now. * • Grow nasturtiums either in pots or directly outdoors in your borders and containers. * • Direct sow poppies , cornflowers and scabious to attract bees and butterflies to your garden. For more ideas on how to attract wildlife into your…

What to do in the garden in March

…potatoes outside in the ground. If you don't have enough space for growing potatoes on your plot, why not try potato growing kits for your patio? To find out more growing potatoes in bags or in the ground, take a look at our potato growing guides. * • Plant asparagus beds from crowns. Weed and…

What to do in the garden in May

…our potato growing guide for information about how to earth up potatoes. * • Harvest asparagus spears when they are no more than 18cm tall. * • Harvest rhubarb, picking only a third of the total amount of stems. * • Thin out direct-sown vegetables such as spinach, carrot and lettuce

What to do in the garden in July

…long stems to vertical wires or a wigwam of poles. * • If you're growing aubergines pinch out the growing tip once they have 5 or 6 fruits. Pick fruits while they are young. You can expect to start harvesting in mid to late summer. * • Nip off the growing tips of squash and courgette to

Thompson & Morgan's Trial Grounds

…picture of how a variety is going to perform in the garden - we want to see what works! The plants might be protected with fleece when necessary, but otherwise they are left to their own devices. The horticultural team will keep an eye on the vegetable plants throughout the growing season and…

Viability of Vegetables

…in the style of Thomas Tusser (1524-80) to show how long vegetable seed can be kept. The Editor has had recourse to refer to it on numerous occasions since it first appeared in print in 1963. Write the year of buying on the packets when you fold them over to put them away in a dry drawer in a shed…

Facebook questions April 1st

…the sutton broad beans grow to please? Also how high do feltham first, kelvedon wonder and hurst greenshaft peas grow too and which is the best way to support them? Answer: Hi Matthew, 'Aquadulce Claudia' grows to 1 metre in height and 'The Sutton' is dwarf, only growing to 30cm (12in) height.…

Companion Planting Guide

…plants such as mint - these are fast-growing plants and will quickly smother your crop. Grow mint in containers to keep it under control. Companion planting chart Companion plant 1 Companion plant 2 How does it work Cabbage, kale, cauliflower Nasturtium Plant Nasturtiums as a sacrificial crop.…

Edible Flowers Guide

Edible Flowers Guide It is surprising how many flowers growing in our gardens are edible. Edible flowers have been used for years in cooking or as decorations for various dishes.The Chinese were the first to experiment with flowers as food and their many and varied recipes can be traced back as far…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer SEssion 8th July 2011

to do with their growing environment so it’s worth reviewing this. Firstly take a look at how much sun it is receiving. Has the surrounding vegetation started to shade it over the last couple of years? Many roses prefer at least 6 hours of sunshine a day to flower well, so you might need to

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 3rd May 2013

…for longer, but as soon as the seedlings start pushing against the polythene it's best to take it off to give them room to grow. I hope this helps Angela, good luck. Name: Margaret Mccartney Question: Yes how can I stop black fly attacking my cherry tree this year? Answer: Hi Margaret, although…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 13th August 2010

…unusual addition to the winter vegetable garden. Hardy lettuce 'All the Year Round' is a great crop for sowing now for winter salads. You could also try onion sets for autumn planting such as 'Hi Keeper'. Name: Andy Clayton Question: What winter crops should I consider for grow bags in my…

Seed Sowing - Where did I go wrong?

…go wrong? A handy guide to problems with seed sowing, germination, general growing pains and how to avoid them next year! Why didn't my seeds germinate? There are many reasons why seeds may fail to germinate, and not all of them are your fault! Most problems are related to the sowing conditions and…

Planting Hanging Baskets, Flower Pouches & Containers

…Water around each plant and leave the pouch laying flat in a bright, frost-free position to grow on. After a few weeks you can remove the peg and hang your flower pouch upright. For more information on how to plant up a Flower Pouchâ ¢ click here. Moving hanging baskets and containers outside…

Effect of Light on Germination and Seedlings

…of a seed may relate to the habitat in which the seed parent usually grows, so as to ensure that those which fall in an area conducive to growth will germinate and those which fall in less salubrious circumstances bide their time. For example a seed requiring light to germinate might fall into…

2012 Garden New Year's Resolutions

to plan.â Andrew M's Resolution "As I live in a flat (without a balcony) I am limited to what I can grow. However, I would like to grow more things on my windowsills, such as salad leaves and herbs. I may become more adventurous after I see how successful I am at growing them! I also want to

Coleshill School Gardening Club | Club in the Spotlight

…party also managed to squeeze a number of flower beds into previously unused spaces, giving a much improved area for the children to play in, and a nicer all-round environment for pupils and parents alike. Christine says "This year the school enjoyed growing beans, lettuces, courgettes, radishes,…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 22nd March 2013

…easy to grow in a fertile, moist soil. With my vegetable plot I dedicate an area to permanent plants such as raspberries, strawberries and herbs and then make sure I leave a few beds free for annual crops such as carrots and broccoli, which I edge with quick-growing salad crops such as lettuce,

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 24th February 2012

…seeing a picture to determine its growth habit, it is impossible to say how big it might grow. If you are particularly concerned then you could certainly try to move it to a new position in the garden, but I would not recommend trying to grow it in a container as it is unlikely to appreciate this if…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 24th June 2011

…tend to grow too many and don’t like to waste them. Keep an eye out for busy lizzies and begonias which are particularly well suited to a slightly shadier position. Best of luck Jo. Name: Jacqui Threlfall Question: There are no buds on my rose, why is this. Answer: Hi Jacqui. It is hard to be…

Check your stored vegetables regularly

…subjects - lettuce, spinach, radish, spring onions, beets - some of these, particularly the leafy vegetables, are unsuitable for storing anyway, as they quickly go limp, lose their freshness and eye appeal. The most important thing to remember is 'Fresh Is Best', that is why you are growing your own…

Specialised seed sowing information

…but is most problematic on fast growing flower seedlings such as antirrhinums, lobelias, nemesias, petunias, salvias and stocks or vegetable seedlings like cabbages, cress, lettuces, tomatoes, peas and beans. Some slow growing trees and shrubs are also very prone to grey mould forms of damping off.…