Tag: grow-your-own

Kim Stoddart pictured in her resilient gardens (2)

Building Resilience in our Gardens

Building Resilience in our Gardens: Looking Backwards to See the Way Forward

Guest blog: in an extract from her new book, The Climate Change Garden, author Kim Stoddart explains how learning from the past will help us to weather the climate change storm ahead…

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Dobies November Newsletter Header

November Newsletter

The focus for the November garden is protection. Cold weather has arrived, and tender plants need to be snug in the greenhouse with those too large to move being cloaked in protective fleece. Move containers to shelter against house walls and make sure that any staked plants are nice and secure against wind rock. Use fleece and cloches to protect veg plants such as chard and swede against frost and possible snow.

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A Sneak Preview

A touch of nostalgia

A touch of nostalgia – read on

Despite the rain (again!) it’s Showtime; and this sneak preview is coming to you live from Malvern as exhibitors are putting the final touches to their show gardens, displays and stands. It’s a hectic time, and one truly feels for everyone struggling to cope with the vagaries of the English weather. Dobies – exhibiting at Malvern for the first time – have created a feeling of nostalgia, and yet are totally in line with increasing trends to grow your own food. Steeped in the past, with plants for the future, the circular raised beds spiral in a swirl of purple pan-choi, offset with green; or lush oak leaf lettuce tinged with red and bronze. The central pots await tomorrow’s surprises, kept under wraps as the team unloaded and sorted packets of Dobies seed, in the well-known simple livery of brown text on white packets. They’ll be on special offer, too, so come along to Stand OS564 in the Plant Pavilions opposite the Wye Hall.

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Potato project encourages "grow your own"

theatre in the Food Hall at Malvern

The theatre in the Food Hall at the Malvern Three Counties Show packed with school children and their teachers

Hundreds of primary school children converged on the showground at Malvern early on Friday, full of energy and enthusiasm – for potatoes. “Grow your own potatoes” has been the message being promulgated to schools by The Potato Council ever since 2005. The Council has been touring the UK with their ‘potato bus’ for the last seven years, encouraging teachers to participate whilst explaining how the project teaches primary-aged children about this valuable vegetable. With almost one million primary school children benefiting from ¬†such a worthwhile classroom and outdoor experience, it’s not surprising that this is a popular activity. Pupils learn how potatoes grow and how they fit into a healthy balanced diet; and all linked to the school curriculum.

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