Hartley Magazine

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Curcuma longa is NOT a cucumber!

Much vaunted for its health value and expensive to purchase Turmeric is the swollen root of Curcuma longa, a decorative greenhouse plant with large leaves. This flavourful colouring spice is grown in huge quantities in Asian countries for many dishes and it’s essential for Indian curries. Used since Classical times as the dried root or […]

Resistance is fruitful

Why would you want a blight-beating tomato in your greenhouse, where blight is rarely an issue? Because in these increasingly unpredictable times, it pays to think laterally. Solutions to gardening problems sometimes arrive in moments of sheer serendipity. My greenhouse was the setting for such a moment last summer, when the conditions inside flipped from […]

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Get an Online Gardening Education This Winter

The internet is loaded with gardening advice—good, bad, and atrocious. But excellent online information is available, so it’s worth spending the less-demanding gardening months poking around online. Here’s a sampler of what’s out there in the way of classes, webinars, and podcasts from reliable experts who can help you make the most of your next […]

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Seed Starting in a Small Greenhouse

At this time of year, many greenhouse owners are getting ready to start seeds. I find that pepper seeds take up to three weeks to germinate, so I usually start them first, followed by eggplants, tomatoes, and flowers. However, there’s a problem starting heat-loving plants in a small greenhouse in late winter. The seeds of […]

How do I get ahead in the greenhouse?

Jean Vernon is starting the year with fresh intentions, determined to be prepared to grow and ready to sow For me 2021 was a very difficult year. I’d thought 2020 was bad enough but nothing prepared me for the rollercoaster ride of 2021. I won’t go into details; it was personal, vile and extremely distressing. […]