Potato Grow Pots- Growing Potatoes in Pots Easily


Product: Potato Grow Pots

Best Place to buy: www.amazon.co.uk

Size of pots: 30cm in diameter and 25cm in height. 3 pots are shipped with this product.

Capacity: 13 litres.

My score: 8.5/10

When it comes to summer there is nothing like harvesting first earlies potatoes, especially if it is grown in a pot where the potatoes are easily accessible.

You can harvest potatoes in the matter of ten weeks, especially if they are chitted before being planted. Traditionally you have to plant first earlies, second earlies, or …

Growing Potatoes and Tomatoes in Containers


In a previous article (Growing Vegetables in Containers- Growing your own Meals) I omitted the growing of potatoes and tomatoes in containers, as I wanted to go into their growing in greater details.

In this article, the growing of potatoes and tomatoes will be discussed, as these are the most grown vegetables in the UK. They tend to be some of the easiest vegetables to grow, but only if you follow the right methodology, otherwise poor yields can result.

POTATOES

Potatoes traditionally are divided into three categories; first …

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It makes sense to concentrate on high-value crops, the crops which are harder to find in shops or are very expensive to buy. One myth that is often spread is that home grow vegetables taste better than shop bought. This is not true, sometime it will taste better, other times it will taste inferior. …

Getting Children Involved in Container Gardening


Everybody with children knows when the six weeks of summer holiday arrives, children will get easily bored with nothing to so. How do you entertain them on these long days, on weekends and on those long evenings? There is a way which could pique their interest, and that is container gardening, a hobby that can become a life passion.

Gardening is a fun activity for children as they can get their hands dirty, doing something which is not only educational but providing skills that are useful for the …

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Gardening is often such a pleasure for many, as you can grow what you like, where you like. This pleasure is not readily available for those who suffer from hay fever, as pollen can cause misery to these people.

It is no fun if your eyes are streaming, your nose is running and/or block, your sinuses are killing you, and you are breaking out in hives. Gardening will be the last thing you want to do. But is this so?

Gardens are normally filled with pollen-rich plants that …

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As most of our herbs come from the Mediterranean hillside then they can grow on the harshest conditions. They prefer to be grown in a mix of multipurpose compost with sharp sand, in a ratio of 2 parts multipurpose to 1 …

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Breeders have seen the opportunity and have developed techniques to minimize the height of trees. It is now possible to plant fruit trees in containers, and still get a decent harvest. The technique developed by free tree breeders is called ‘grafting’ in which the fruit …

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As consumers, we have become more environmentally friendly, and the effect pesticides have on our native species …