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Perlite vs. Vermiculite

The short answer: If you want to increase the water holding capacity of your potting mix, adding vermiculite is preferable. Perlite is good for improving drainage when it's used in the right amount (at least 1/3 of the finished mix).  Although both perlite and… Read More

How to Grow Black Radishes

Black radishes are an excellent alternative to traditional "red" varieties and are particularly good for growing over the cooler months. Though they've fallen out of vogue somewhat, black radishes were common in Western Europe during the 1800s, where they were… Read More

Container gardening can be just as fun as "traditional" gardening. Living in London for five years, where space (of any kind) was nonexistent and allotment waiting lists stretched into years, I heard from a lot of people who wanted to grow… Read More

Pot of watercress with text overlay.

Note: Lactuca sativa (garden lettuce) is an annual plant - there aren't any perennial varieties. There is a member of the genus, Lactuca perennis, called "perennial lettuce" but it isn't a true "lettuce" plant and it isn't edible. Rather, the… Read More

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Note: There's two types of "peat pots" - the small fibre containers that you add your own mix too and the Jiffy product that contains a peat-based mix surrounded by mesh. This post is about the former (the ones in… Read More