Horticulture

 

This is a huge topic, and there's no point in us reinventing the wheel when there's so much support available online for every aspect of food growing. So here's a simple list of great websites to get you started.

 

See also a large number of downloadable files in 'Growing Vegetables' on the LESSN 'Bookshelf'

 

See Shopping and Sharing for things like materials and plants

 

 

Training, support and advice  

 

There are lots of places in Leeds to turn to.

 

Leeds Permaculture Network http://www.leedspermaculturenetwork.org/

 

Kirstall Community Garden http://kirkstallgarden.btck.co.uk/

 

Back to Front www.backtofront.org.uk/

 

Back to Front Top Tips from Donna - choosing what to grow and where: http://www.backtofront.org.uk/?page_id=16

 

Feel Good Factor http://www.fgfleeds.org/events/gardening-group/

 

St Stephens Well https://ststephenswellgarden.wordpress.com/

 

Hyde Park Source http://www.hydeparksource.org

 

RHS https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/beginners-guide

 

Bardon Grange - free edible gardening sessions 3 times per week on Leeds Uni campus and Far Headingley http://

www.leedsuniversityunion.org.uk /bardongrange/

 

Feel Good Factor community garden - wed mornings 10.30-12.30 Chapeltown http://www.fgfleeds.org/events/gardening-group/

 

 

Ground Clearence 

 

Think ahead, especially if you have perennial weeds. Put black plastic or old carpets down for at least a year if you can, and then plant through. You can always hide it with woodchip. Or sheet mulch with thick layers of cardboard and woodchip, and top up twice a year. This is better in the long run than rotivation, which chops and distributes rhizomes and so can make the situation worse.

 

 

Soil preparation 

 

See also Basics and Soil health and safety. Find sources of soil and compost on the Map - on the Resources layer.

 

Double-digging http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/soil_digging1.shtml

 

No-dig systems http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/schools_organic_network/leaflets/NoDigGardening.pdf

 

and http://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/

 

Permaculture (in Leeds) http://www.leedspermaculturenetwork.org/

 

Hugelkulture http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/

 

Lasagne gardening http://yourorganicgardeningblog.com/lasagna-gardening/

 

 

Compost   

 

Find sources of soil, compost and manure on the Map - on the Resources layer.

 

For the motherlode on all matter compost, contact our good friend John Compost Cossham in York here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/YorkRotters/

 

You can buy compost in bags (it's best to avoid compost made from peat, though, because we need this in the ground where it stores carbon and reduces downstream flooding) - but it's better to make your own. In fact compost-making can be a hobby in its own right!

 

Compost http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/composting/compost_pf.php

 

Wormeries http://www.self-sufficiency-guide.com/eBooks/wormery_information_sheet_1_.pdf

 

Bokashi bin (indoor composting) http://www.recycleworks.co.uk/bokashi-compost-bucket-twin-system-pr-16185.html

 

 

Fertilizer / plant food  

 

The smaller the body of soil, the more fertiliser you'll need. You can buy it in various forms, collect horse manure, make your own liquor or grow 'green manure.' (You may want to avoid using garden chemicals for safety or ethical reasons).

 

Green manure http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=373

 

Comfrey http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfrey#Fertilizer_uses

 

 

Biochar  

 

You might also want to consider biochar This is what gardeners used to call 'fines' and it can help to retain moisture and nutrients in your soil.

 

Biochar https://www.soilbiochar.com/blog/2012/06/using-biochar-in-the-garden-an-excellent-how-to-by-master-gardener-scott/#.UwIMeygRJ8s

 

 

Plants and seeds 

 

See Shopping and Sharing

 

 

Planting times 

 

When to plant http://www.channel4.com/4homes/rooms/outdoors/garden-plants-plant-care/when-to-sow-plant-vegetables

 

and http://www.the-gardeners-calendar.co.uk/

 

Fruit http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Grow-Your-Own/Fruit-and-Veg-A-to-Z

 

See Shopping and Sharing for advice on seeds, tools etc.

 

 

Seed Planting 

 

Growing from seed http://www.growveg.com/growguides/growing-from-seed.aspx

 

Seed-sowing video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qiiqks9zhK4

 

 

Maintenance and husbandry 

 

Vegetable garden maintenance http://gardening.about.com/od/startingavegetablegarden/a/Tend_Vegetables.htm

 

 

Orchard Planting and Grafting 

 

The Orchard Project - great videos http://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/

 

or contact Feed Leeds chair Alan Thornton here: http://www.leedsurbanharvest.org.uk/

 

Abundance orchards etc. http://www.farmgarden.org.uk/home/local-food-project/growing-trends/731-abundance

 

 

Mulching 

 

Mulching http://www.vegetable-gardening-online.com/mulching-a-vegetable-garden.html  

 

Cardboard mulching http://www.permaculture-wales.org.uk/index.php/guest-writers/50-sheet-mulching-for-beginners

 

(but also http://puyallup.wsu.edu/~linda%20chalker-scott/horticultural%20myths_files/Myths/Newspaper%20mulch.pdf)

 

 

Pests and diseases (slugs etc) 

 

Natural pest control http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/homegardening/scene9deb.html and http://eartheasy.com/grow_nat_pest_cntrl.htm

 

See also Soil Health and Safety

 

 

Garden Chemicals 

 

Feed Leeds would in general support chemical-free organic gardening

 

Natural pest control http://voices.yahoo.com/chemical-free-pest-control-vegetable-garden-3928974.html

 

But we all need a little help sometimes - so here's some advice from

 

The RHS https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/plant-problems/chemicals

 

 

Harvesting  

 

And finally - the point of it all!

 

Harvesting produce http://gardening.about.com/od/vegetablepatch/a/HarvestTimes.htm

 

(But don't forget to save some for next year).

 

Harvesting seeds http://www.realseeds.co.uk/seedsavinginfo.html

 

 

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