How to Grow Giant Marrows: An Ultimate Guide

Tony O'Neill proudly displays his giant marrows, demonstrating his expertise in growing massive vegetables with his proven method on "How To Grow Giant Marrows."

Giant Marrow preparation starts during the winter months. I prepare the soil in readiness for growing these Giants. These plants grow large and depending on how many you wish to grow will determine the size of the area required.

Spring Gardening Made Easy: How to Grow Peas Indoors

A close-up image of plump, green peas growing in heavy pods inside a greenhouse. Learn how to grow peas indoors with this step-by-step guide.

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Building a strong frame is a perfect way to support climbing veg like peas. This frame is then netted with netting or wire mesh. Getting the peas to a suitable size to be put outside is important. This is OK later in the year when temperatures warm, as we can direct sow. In the late winter and early spring, direct-sown seeds would rot, sow one way to get a head start is to sow seeds indoors.

How to grow peas? This is where I show you how to sow peas indoors to get an early start. With the weather being very cold and wet this year, gardeners must consider ways to keep ahead of the game. When it comes to peas, there are ways to start growing them indoors to prevent you from falling too far behind.

Supporting peas is very important to prevent damaging the crop.
A perfect way to support climbing veg like peas.

Building a strong frame is a perfect way to support climbing veg like peas. Peas should be a suitable size before being placed outside. This is OK later in the year when temperatures warm, as we can direct sow. In the late winter and early spring, direct-sown seeds would rot, sow one way to get a head start is to sow seeds indoors.

There are many ways in which to sow peas indoors. You could sow them in pots, old toilet rolls, seed trays and root trainers. My favorite way to sow them indoors to get an early start is in old rain guttering.

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The quickest and easiest way to sow peas is to transplant them later into the garden.

Sowing peas in rainwater guttering is fast to sow the peas and when transplanting outside. Once they have started to grow, reduce the chance of root disruption. Therefore, transplanting plants gives them the best start.

Water and feed your peas weekly, wait for them to flower and start setting their little pods. You can tell when they are ready to pick as the pod will feel full to the touch. You may also be able to see the peas bulging through the pods. I have created a video showing you how to sow peas indoors for an early start. You can view this below. 

Supporting peas is very important to prevent damaging the crop.
A perfect way to support climbing veg like peas.
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Supporting peas can be very simple and effective.

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How Long Do Parsnips Take To Grow At Home

A cluster of mature parsnip plants with leafy tops, representing the growth of parsnips at home.

Parsnips require similar care to their sister carrots, including deep, sandy loam oil. Their quality improves when harvested after a hard, killing frost. This same process of starch to sugar conversion caused by frost can be achieved if roots are refrigerated for a month before being consumed.

Will Mushrooms Grow in Winter? The facts!

A cluster of mushrooms emerging from the forest floor in the winter season.

You can grow common edible mushroom varieties indoors with controlled growing conditions using grow kits, mushroom logs or spawn. The mushrooms can also be overwintered in the cold months to have an early crop as the weather gets warm.

How to Grow Mushrooms at Home

Grow Mushrooms - Learn how to cultivate mushrooms at home with these simple steps.

To grow mushrooms at home, you need a cool, dark, and damp place where you can easily control temperature and humidity. Generally, mushrooms thrive in locations like basements, closets, and cabinets. You can use mushroom growing kits for efficiency.

5 Methods of Growing Mushrooms

A collage of images showcasing different methods of growing mushrooms.

There are several methods to grow mushrooms. They can either be grown from Spawn, on Logs, in plastic bags with Straws, Spores or simply through ready-to-use mushroom growing kits.

Can you grow tomatoes all year in a greenhouse?

A lush greenhouse filled with tomato plants growing in neat rows. The plants are basking in the warm sunlight, surrounded by green foliage and ripening tomatoes. This photo showcases the possibility to grow tomatoes all year in a greenhouse.

{“statusCode”:401,”message”:”License key missing”} Tomatoes grown in a greenhouse are protected from the elements, such as cold and rain, which can cause fungal infections. Growing tomatoes in a greenhouse all year demands attention and money. All conditions, including pollination, must be managed. This article will offer insight into effectively growing tomatoes in your greenhouse during the … Read more

Why Are Tomato Skins Tough? (How to Avoid it)

A photo showing a ripe tomato being delicately peeled by a tweezer, revealing its flesh underneath. This image illustrates why tomato skins are tough.

So, what causes tomatoes to have tough skin? And how can we avoid this? Some of the possible reasons for tough skins on tomatoes are the variety, under watering, high temperatures during growth or too much sunlight, and diseases such as curly top virus or anthracnose.

How to Save Leggy Tomato Seedlings? (Solved)

A close-up photo of tomato seedlings growing in a seedling tray, showing their slender stems and small leaves. Save leggy tomato seedlings by providing proper support and adequate light.

Save leggy tomato seedlings by planting right up to the cotyledon leaves when potting on. Then identify what caused it. Common factors responsible are lack of light after germination, inconsistent soil moisture, overcrowding, and poor ventilation. Resolve these issues after potting on to ensure strong future growth.

How Do You Know When to Harvest Elephant Garlic?

A photo of a freshly harvested elephant garlic bulb lying on a wooden surface.

Harvest garlic when most of the leaves on have turned yellowish-brown and begin to flop over. Going by the standard guidelines, elephant garlic is usually planted in early fall and ready to pick between May and July the following year. For fall-planted garlic, this time is enough to split into cloves. However, spring-planted elephant garlic can be harvested after 90 days but will most likely be a single bulb.

How To Grow Tomatoes – A Mind-Blowing Guide

A close-up image of vibrant, ripe tomatoes growing in a garden, showcasing healthy and luscious fruits. Learn how to grow tomatoes and cultivate your own delicious harvest.

To grow tomatoes successfully, they require rich fertile, water-retentive soil. A bright and sheltered location with nighttime temperatures of 12˚C – 24˚C or 55˚F to 75˚F. Consider greenhouse growing in colder climates. Feed weekly with a high potash feed once flowering has started.

The Best Way to Plant Potatoes? Sprout Them!

A gardener holding potato sprouts ready for planting, demonstrating the best way to plant potatoes.

Sprouting seed potatoes will cause them to be ready earlier in the season. It can also increase the size and weight of the harvest. But not all potatoes require to be sprouted. Early varieties, those with a short growing season are planted early and benefit from sprouting before putting in the soil. Later varieties don’t gain much growth due to the warm temperatures already present.

Potato Paradise: How to Grow More in Less Space

Two people pouring freshly harvested potatoes into a wheelbarrow, demonstrating efficient techniques for growing potatoes in less space.

If you ask any gardener who grows their own food which vegetable they would never do without, the humble potato plant would be in the top three. Potatoes are a perfect plant for the amount of effort put into them. They give you tubers that can be stored right through until the following harvest. This makes them an ideal crop to grow, for those willing to be more self-sufficient.

Grow Mushrooms In Logs. Step by step how to guide

A close-up photo of mushrooms growing on a log in a forest, showcasing the fascinating process of growing mushrooms in a log.

One way my partner and I have experimented with growing mushrooms is by inoculating hardwood logs. We buy dowels impregnated with the mushroom mycelium and just drill holes in the log and bang them in. The mycelium will then take between 8 months and a year to spread through the log and will give spring and autumn crops for up to 4 years! We are currently growing, Oyster, Shiitake, Lions mane and Chicken of the woods. It is very exciting.

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