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One day, I will be the organ grinder – Part One

"Commercial pressures in my previous life prevented me from adopting the organic way of gardening (and indeed life), though no doubt this may be seen as an excuse. But it is a fact of life that while on a personal level the whole concept of organic gardening is, among all its other benefits, extremely cost effective, in the commercial world it is still a prohibitively expensive option." Mike returns to one of his favourite topics - organics.

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Never underestimate Number Twos

"The average garden is seriously deficient in humus and organic matter. We work our plots and borders year after year, expecting them to perform to our ever increasing demands with the occasional addition of some chemical fertiliser to which the manufacturer appends the epithet 'Miracle', or similar." Mike talks a pile of crap! Why is natural compost so much better than artificial fertilisers? Read on...

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No flies on my carrot – Part Two

"In summary, the long ones are fine if your soil is ideal. Otherwise stick to the stump rooted varieties." Mike wraps up his two-part look at how to grow your own carrots with an overview of the varieties, how to look after them while they're growing, and how to store them.

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No flies on my carrot – Part One

"Since all the gardening programmes on the telly tell you to do things way in advance of the optimum time, 'cos each wants to be first; and the Garden Centres stock plants well ahead of season for the same reason, to steal a march (March!) on their rivals; why should I be any different?" Mike goes back to his roots with an exposé of how to grow champion-standard carrots.

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Smell the honey

"What can be more alluring than the scent of honeysuckle wafting round your garden after a summer shower? A drop of rain always seems to make the scent more pronounced. Not reason enough in itself to wish for rain, of course - we had plenty of that last year." Thought it was too early to think about the northern summer? No chance! Mike lets us in on an easy way to get the garden looking (and smelling) its best...

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