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Do compost worms migrate in winter?

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NO, I’M NOT suggesting they somehow take flight for the North African coast – though if they did that might explain why so many birds buzz off there when our winter arrives…
But every year around the same time, something amazing happens in my two ‘Dalek’ compost bins.
Charles Darwin reckoned that worms are some of the most important creatures on the…

Tim starts sorting out his new allotment

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YIPEEEE! I was handed my new allotment at the weekend. Sadly, being in the middle of insulating the loft I was unable to do anything on it. But Monday lunchtime I sneaked off for an hour to take the first steps in clearing the neglected site.
It’s not bad, though the site secretary offered me a rent-free period while I cleared…

Thinning pot-grown carrot seedlings

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IF YOU live in an area where carrot fly is a problem, as I do, you’ll find raising carrots in containers a lot easier than growing them in the open soil. Carrot flies lay eggs in the soil near carrot seedings, and the maggots that hatch out of them burrow into the carrot root, making it inedible. It is possible…

Cider making made simple at home

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Turning bumper crops of apples into homemade cider is easier than you might think.
Home brewer Nevin Stewart has discovered a speedy way to brew liquid gold:

 
 
 
CIDER-MAKING: A QUICK GUIDE

As well cider apples, dessert or cooker varieties can be used; the best cider is made from a mixture of sweet and sour (a ratio of 4:1).
Roughly speaking, eight kilos of apples will make…

Tomato review – how did you do?

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I didn’t grow too many tomato plants in the greenhouse this year, focussing instead on chillies and peppers, writes AG gardening editor Kris Collins.
Just three tomato varieties (all cherries) made it on to my growing list. Having overseen my daughter picking the last of the fruits this week, I thought it time to give a brief review of them: 
‘Super Sweet…

Watch out for tomato moth caterpillar!

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Looking forward to a juicy crop of home-grown tomatoes? Then it pays to check your plants now (August) for pests, writes AG news editor Marc Rosenberg. 
I returned home from a few days away to find that my greenhouse toms (Tomato ‘Suncherry Premium’ F1, Thompson & Morgan) had been almost defoliated by a pest with a voracious appetite. Crumbly brown chunks of…

Apples and pears: Tip or spur bearing?

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It’s time to start winter pruning your apple and pear trees for bumper crops this season, but how you tackle them will depend on how they produce their fruit. Do you know your tip bearing trees from your spur bearers?
The list of varieties seems endless, here we’ve picked out some common varieties grown in the UK and identified them as…

Winter grape pruning

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Grapes vines need a hard prune in winter to encourage heavy cropping, but how you grow them will determine how you prune them, says AG garden writer, Michelle Wheeler
Rod and spur system:
For fence/wall/trellis trained vines and those grown under glass:

If in its first year, prune out two thirds of the trunk (the rod) and cut the side branches (spurs) to…

Tim’s summer apple pruning

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AG editor, Tim Rumball shows you how to bring apple trees into shape and boost fruiting performance for the following season

 
 

Kris vs Michelle: How do you grow greenhouse tomatoes?

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Tim asks the question. We give our answers. You decide who’s right….
How do you grow greenhouse tomatoes?
Kris: grow bags and other containers
Michelle: Open soil in a greenhouse border.
For their full answers see Amateur Gardening  14 April p11
Visit Greenhouse Sensation to find out more about the Quadgrow system Kris is using to grow Beefsteak tomatoes