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Hardiness Zones - UK

What is a Hardiness Zone?

A hardiness zone is a geographically-defined zone in which a specific category of plant life is capable of growing, as defined by temperature hardiness, or ability to withstand the minimum temperatures of the zone. The zones were first developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and have subsequently been adopted elsewhere. They are categorized according to the mean of the lowest temperature recorded each winter, termed the “average annual minimum temperature”. Thus if five successive winters reach respective minima of −14 °C, −12 °C, −8 °C, −16 °C, and −13 °C, the mean coldest temperature is −12.6 °C, placing the site in zone 7.

Hardiness zones are given a number ranging from 1 to 11 to group together the range of average temperatures.

Hardiness Zone Scale

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Vegetables That Freeze Well

There are 3 ways to freeze vegetables;

  1. Blanch

    Blanch means to plunge foods into boiling water for a few seconds or a few minutes, then remove and place in ice water. This process sets the color of vegetables, lets you easily peel fruits, and slip the skins off nuts. The food does not cook all the way through, so crisp texture is preserved.

  2. Dice, slice, puree or shred
  3. Only young vegetables can be frozen

Here is a list of vegetables that are known to freeze well.

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What is a Plant?

A plant is a living body that has some basic parts and systems that keep it alive, just as humans do.

They have sap that flows through veins, the sap transports the nutrients that the plants need to survive. Plants also breathe, their life is regulated by hormones and they reproduce,… just like us.

When you understand what a plant is, you can understand their needs and you’ll be able to tend your plants a lot better and take remedial action when things aren’t looking right. Read the rest of this entry »

Lunar Gardening - An Introduction

What is Lunar Gardening

The idea that the Moon exerts a determinable influence on plant and crop growth may be as old as agriculture. The idea is found embedded in the folklore of many ancient societies, ranging from the Celts in early Britain to the Maoris in New Zealand. As far as recorded comments on the subject are concerned, Pliny the Elder (AD 23-79), the Roman historian, in his Natural History gives many instructions on how to regulate agricultural activities according to the cycles of the Moon.

The light of the sun, moon, planets and stars reaches plants in regular rhythms. Each contributes to the life, growth and form of the plant. By understanding the gesture and effect of each rhythm, we can time our ground preparation, sowing, cultivating and harvesting to the advantage of the crops we are raising. Just like a sailor sets sail according to the right tide, so too gardeners can garden according to lunar rhythms. Read the rest of this entry »