Freshly harvested white hardneck
Hang to dry in a shaded airy position
Garlic harvesting takes place from spring to early summer. As the weather warms up and days lengthen, bulbs reach their full size and the leaves start to die back. Once the bulbs are harvested and either before or after curing (drying) you might like to plait your bulbs into a braid.
Follow the directions below for a simple way to do this.
You will need: Scissors, a soft brush and strong string. If you have cured (dried) your garlic first then you will also need two old towels. Read more
Black Cherry tomatoes ripening on the vine
Black Russian tomato
I’ve decided to take a chance and plant some early tomatoes. Diggers have some seedlings for sale so I bought 5 and I’ve planted them deep and surrounded some with large pots with the bottom cut out and planted one into a grow bag in a sheltered sunny position. I’m hoping they’ll survive and thrive, thumbing their noses at any cold weather and that they’ll be producing tomatoes before well Christmas. Read more
By Gail Thomas
Pumpkins are a favourite for the home gardener and the cook – nothing like a bowl of warming pumpkin soup or roasted as an accompaniment to chicken or other meat. For something a bit different why not consider planting spaghetti marrow/squash or gem squash as these varieties have ‘strands’ of textured flesh similar to fine spaghetti, hence the name. Read more