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A new course and discussion group on growing your own
fruit and veg has started at

Ventnor Community Cafe, 3 Albert St, Ventnor, PO38 1DS
Thursdays from 7pm to 8.30 pm.

This is a great opportunity to share and discover new ideas and tips for the coming season.


Healthy CropsIn the current economic climate many more people are thinking about growing their own fruit and veg as it is so much cheaper and healthier but could do with a bit of help and advice.

How do you get from a load of weeds or bare soil or an empty pot to delicious, healthy crops.

Where do you start?

What to do in the garden now?
Where to seeds and when to sow them?
How do you make good compost?
What sort of fertilizer to use and when?
How to deal with garden pests?
What can you grow in pots?
How do you prune things?

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Typical allotmentsWith the present economic climate and a huge amount of interest in growing your own vegetables (sales of vegetable seeds were up by 60% last year) and fruit, where to grow them has become an increasing problem for many people who have small or non-existent gardens.  There are a few options available to get yourself some growing space including allotments, Adopt-A-Garden and Landshare.

Photo: Angus Mackie

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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

If you are interested in trying this it really is a good idea to get the book, I only list the basic favourable days. Within those days there are three star, two star, one star periods for cultivation as well as suggested best times for harvesting, pruning and every other aspect of growing.

For best results plant fruit trees and bushes when the moon is descending, also waxing and the tide is receding.

Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th up to 5am sow and cultivate leaves – basil, brussels sprout, cabbage, kohlrabi, sorrel, celery, chervil, chinese cabbage, cress, dandelion, curly endive, fennel, purslane, lamb’s lettuce, leek, lettuce, rocket, spinach, cardoon, parsley, swiss chard.

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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

If you are interested in trying this it really is a good idea to get the book, I only list the basic favourable days. Within those days there are three star, two star, one star periods for cultivation as well as suggested best times for harvesting, pruning and every other aspect of growing.

For best results plant fruit trees and bushes when the moon is descending, also waxing and the tide is receding.

Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd up to 3am sow and cultivate fruits – all cereals, aubergine, broad bean, courgette, cucumber, gherkin, marrow, gourd, pumpkin, melon, pea, peppers, runner bean, sweetcorn, tomato.

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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

If you are interested in trying this it really is a good idea to get the book, I only list the basic favourable days. Within those days there are three star, two star, one star periods for cultivation as well as suggested best times for harvesting, pruning and every other aspect of growing.

For best results plant fruit trees and bushes when the moon is descending, also waxing and the tide is receding.

Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th up until noon sow and cultivate roots – All root veg, beetroot, carrot, celeriac, endive, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, parsnip, potato, radish, salsify, shallot, turnip, onions.

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Broad beansAs there is not much to sow this month I have combined seeds to sow and what to do in the garden as there are a few important jobs you can be getting on with.

You can still sow broad beans, best variety to sow now is Aquadulce Claudia; pea varieties like Feltham First or a newer variety Meteor.

You can sow Mizuna for some winter salad leaves if you are in the south of the UK or have a poly tunnel or greenhouse.

Winter lettuce varieties like Winter Marvel or Reine de Glace and spring onions can be sown in the greenhouse or a poly tunnel.

November is also the best time to plant garlic.

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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

If you are interested in trying this it really is a good idea to get the book, I only list the basic favourable days. Within those days there are three star, two star, one star periods for cultivation as well as suggested best times for harvesting, pruning and every other aspect of growing.

For best results plant fruit trees and bushes when the moon is descending, also waxing and the tide is receding.

Monday 17th up to 5pm sow and cultivate flowers – All flowers, artichoke, broccoli & cauliflower.

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