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Financial Victory 2013

As you may have noticed, I didn’t post one of these for 2012. It was a shocking year for us in the UK, weather-wise, and despite repeated sewings and nurturings and plantings out, the endless rain caused everything I planted to either rot or be eaten by slugs before any fruit managed to form. We […]

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Sweetcorn

Sow: April/May Harvest: August/September Conditions: Full sun Sweetcorn can be sewn directly into your prepared bed but given the unpredictable British climate, starting off in a propagator or pots would give you a stronger start. When your plants are 2-3 inches tall, plant them out in a well-prepared bed in full sun. Plant every 30cm […]

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Financial Victory 2011

Last year, I recorded the approximate financial savings I made through my limited container gardening. I didn’t really record the crops properly in 2010 but this year, I was more careful and you can see the results below. I planted considerably more this year, as I ventured out of my pots for a change and […]

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Heavy dry clay soil - raked and bashed into smaller clods - still not great

Making the best of your soil with raised beds

Five years ago I started working a much-neglected garden. The first problem I had was soil. Nicola, one of the other gardeners on the Victory Living website, is blessed with a garden that has beautiful, crumbly, loamy soil that can be dug with ease. The garden I inherited, however, was filled with heavy, clay-based soil; […]

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