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7 Tips For Tidying Up the Greenhouse

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I’ve got to say, the greenhouse is one of absolute best places to be at the moment. I know it’s winter, but the weather is amazingly mild and the inside of a greenhouse is just-jumper territory!

There isn’t much you can be sowing, save for some overwintering broad beans, but being out there, taking in that damp greenhouse smell, is a joy to behold.

Just because there isn’t much you can sow, doesn’t mean you can’t be busy in the greenhouse. Now is the perfect time to give your greenhouse some TLC, and make sure everything is ready for some February seeds.

Here are 7 tips for looking after your greenhouse.

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Mibuna, Mizuna and Other Winter Salads


Winter can be a miserable time when it comes to salads. I normally find myself resorting to the supermarket bag jobs, which much like my winter commuter bike, are very functional during the colder months, but definitely lack that excitement and zest of their summer alternatives.

So yes, winter is rubbish for salads.

Or so I thought.

A few years ago, I discovered oriental salads, and in particular the mibuna and mizuna varieties.
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5 January Veg I Harvested from the Allotment Last Week


January and February are often the time of year when allotments find themselves bare and just a little uninspiring.

When you’re all excited and eager in the summer, it is easy to forget about the winter months. Ensuring a steady selection of crops are available all year round is good for fighting the winter blues, so I always try to put a lot of effort into planning winter crops as well as the glamorous summer, shorter lived favourites.

Here are 5 veg we harvested last week:

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About Real Men Sow

meIn 2007, I took on a redundant allotment plot with my gardening-mad mum Jan. As all good mums do, she went along with it, but I don’t think she held out much hope.

However, three years on, and she now lets me do stuff without watching over my shoulder, so I must be doing something right. [ read more ]

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