Growing Pumpkin and Squash

August 6, 2018

Cucurbita maxima (Simply meaning ‘Large Gourd’) Just another wonderful gift to the world from South America, this wide family of food plants are among the most vigorous ‘vegetables’ that you could grow in the backyard. Sometimes called ‘winter squash’ simply because they are harvested in Autumn and frequently consumed during the winter months, these wholesome […]

Growing Tomatoes

July 31, 2018

PLANT TYPE: Annual LATIN NAME: Lycopersicon lycopersicum SUN: Full Sun SOIL TYPE: A very wide range of soil types. Little preferrence pH RANGE: 6.0 ‐ 6.5 WATERING: Average. Keep moist not wet. MATURITY IN DAYS: 55-105 days depending on the variety. KNOWN PESTS: Plenty. It’s wise to keep a steady eye on the fruit as […]

Growing Peas

July 31, 2018

PLANT TYPE: Annual LATIN NAME: Pisum sativum SUN: Full Sun SOIL TYPE: Medium‐rich, well‐drained, high organic matter pH RANGE: 6.0 ‐ 7.0 WATERING: Average (Every second or third day unless it becomes very hot) MATURITY IN DAYS: 55 ‐ 70 KNOWN PESTS: Not a lot, but grasshoppers will take the leaves and some caterpillars can […]

Growing Lettuce

July 31, 2018

PLANT TYPE: Annual BOTANICAL NAME: Lactuca sativa SUN: Full Sun in spring/autumn, partial shade in summer SOIL TYPE: Rich, well‐drained, loose loam. pH RANGE: 6.2 ‐ 6.8 WATERING: Keep moist, not waterlogged, daily short watering is best MATURITY IN DAYS: 45 ‐ 55 KNOWN PESTS: slugs, snails and grasshoppers Your garden or pots must have […]

Bean Seeds

July 31, 2018

Broad Beans Vicia faba Full Sun Rich well‐drained, deep sandy, composted loam pH RANGE: 6.0 ‐ 6.8 Water every 2nd Day MATURITY IN DAYS: 70 ‐ 75 KNOWN PESTS: Grasshoppers KNOWN DISEASES: N/A The broad bean (Vicia faba) is a bushy, hardy annual that grows up to 1 metre tall; it has square stems with […]