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How to germinate peppers in soil blocks
12 months ago

How to germinate peppers in soil blocks

Having just sown my pepper seeds, I thought it might be useful to show you how I sow different crops in different ways. Some as an experiment and some by …
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What to sow in January
1 year ago

What to sow in January

Oh boy, it’s snowing outside! There were little piles of snow lying around in shady corners, from the last time it snowed, but todays snow will leave a white carpet …
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Frugal gardening: how to mark your saved tomato seeds while they are drying
1 year ago

Frugal gardening: how to mark your saved tomato seeds while they are drying

Years ago I wrote a blogpost on how I save my own seeds from homegrown, shop bought or given tomatoes. I save my seeds the easy way, what others might …
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17 crops to sow halfway July
2 years ago

17 crops to sow halfway July

It’s halfway July and therefore the very. last. chance. to sow some fast-growing crops, winter crops or early spring crops. Ofcourse you can sow some seeds a bit later as …
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How to root a fig tree cutting and grow fig trees for free
2 years ago

How to root a fig tree cutting and grow fig trees for free

Let me show you how I rooted seven fig tree cuttings in just a months time. The subject of this post just ‘came into my life’ today, I didn’t plan …
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April 2018 garden update
2 years ago

April 2018 garden update

Today was a perfect gardening day for me. Besides a few orders that had to be done, I could spent all my day in- and around the garden. In practice …
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Frugal gardening: how to save tomato seeds
5 years ago

Frugal gardening: how to save tomato seeds

Saving tomato seeds from shop bought tomatoes is really easy. I have been doing this for the last three years pretty successfully. Every year I grow a handful of tomato …
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Buying compost in bulk around Grenoble
5 years ago

Buying compost in bulk around Grenoble

I’ve been cultivating our kitchen garden in France since 2013. This will be our third year. It will be the first year that it will be properly composted as I …
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It took me 32 years to find out how chick peas grow
6 years ago

It took me 32 years to find out how chick peas grow

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When I was small, in Macedonia, I was first introduced to chickpeas in the form of leblebii. We bought them in nut stores all over town and ate them while …
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How to make green tomatoes red

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That time of the season came where tomatoes aren’t turning red as easily as in mid-summer. In all kinds of gardening groups I’m seeing a discussion come by whether you can get green tomatoes to turn red. A lot of people say you can’t do it. It’s advised to make chutney out of the green tomatoes. Well, ever since I have had tomatoes in buckets on balcony’s and stuff I have taken green tomatoes from the bushes this time of year and placed them in a sunny place to turn red. This always turned out great and I just couldn’t understand why this wouldn’t work for other people. Maybe I had always used those small cherry tomatoes? Maybe it doesn’t work for bigger ones?

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