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Useful Stuff

Here you will find some useful growing guides, some of our favourite recipes, magazine articles we've written, magazine articles about us - as well as one or two video clips.

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General Information

New For 2014
All our new additions to our range for 2014 in one handy place. From Chilli Seeds and Tomato Seeds to String !

A Little Information About Our Vegetable Plants (Video)
Information on the vegetable plants that Victoriana grow and how we make sure they are always hardened off before dispatch.

A Note About Our Seed Packets & Seed Counts
Information on Victoriana's method of packeting seed, including information on the seed packets. Also details on Victoriana's seed guarantee.

Chilli Pepper & Sweet Pepper Heat Guide
A guide to the heat levels of sweet peppers and chilli peppers - from the cool to the volcanic. Also details on how Pepper heat levels are measured.

Claire from 'Claire's Allotment' talks about Victoriana (Video)
Claire from Claire's Allotment talks about Victoriana Nursery Gardens and her first order she received from us.

Fruit Tree Pollination Simplified (hopefully)
Information on fruit tree fertility, pollination and compatibility, with simple explanations of regularly used terms.

Plants Awarded The RHS Award Of Garden Merit
A listing of the seed and plant varieties sold by Victoriana Nursery Gardens that have been awarded the Award Of Garden Merit by the RHS.

Pollinator Friendly Plants
A detailed guide to the seeds and plants Victoriana Nurseries sell that will attract and provide a food source to bees and other beneficial pollinating insects.

Preparing For Propagation (Video)
Stephen spends a few moments talking about preparing for propagation and how to achieve the best from your seeds and cuttings.

What's A Compost Block Grown Plant?
Information on the size of compost blocks that Victoriana grow their plants in - and what you can expect to receive.

How To...

How To Grow Chillies & Sweet Peppers - Part 1 (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen on the basics of caring for chillies and sweet peppers in the first few months.

How To Grow Chillies & Sweet Peppers - Part 2 (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen on the basics of caring for chillies and sweet peppers as the season progresses.

How To Grow Exotic Fruits
Basic guidance on how to plant and growing exotic fruits including Loquats, Citrus, Pinapple Guava's, Olives, Pomegranates and Passion Fruits.

How To Grow Sweetcorn, Beans and Squashes Using The Three Sisters Method
Detailed advice on how to plant and grow Sweetcorn, Squashes & Beans using the Three Sisters method.

How To Grow Tomatoes - Part 1 (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen on the basics of caring for tomatoes in the first few months.

How To Grow Tomatoes - Part 2 (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen on the basics of caring for tomatoes as the season progresses.

How To Harvest Asparagus (Video)
An instructional video by Serena on how to harvest asparagus.

How To Harvest, Dry & Pop Popcorn
Detailed advice on how to harvest and dry sweetcorn for popping. Includes brief advice on popping either in the microwave or saucepan.

How To Harvest Sweetcorn & Babycorn (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen on how to know when sweetcorn is ready to harvest - and how to harvest it. Also how to harvest babycorn.

How To Keep Cobnuts Under Control
Advice on how to keep cobnuts to a more manageable size whilst still obtaining a good crop.

How To Make A Scarecrow (Video)
An instructional video by Claire from Claire's Allotment on how to make a scarecrow.

How To Pick Spinach (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen on how to pick spinach.

How To Plant & Prune Raspberries
Brief guidance on how to plant bare root raspberries, and information on pruning regimes for summer fruiting (floricane) and autumn fruiting (primocane) raspberries.

How To Plant Bare Root & Potted Fruit Trees (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen explaining the differences between a bare root and potted fruit tree, and how to plant them.

How To Plant Bare Root Raspberries (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen explaining how to plant bare root raspberries.

How To Plant Compost Block Grown Asparagus (Video)
An instructional video by Serena on how to plant compost block grown asparagus.

How To Plant Courgettes, Marrows, Pumpkins, Squashes & Outdoor Cucumbers (Video)
An instructional video by Serena, Molly and Milly on how to plant courgettes, marrows, pumpkins, squashes and outdoor cucumbers.

How To Plant Fruit Trees & Nut Trees
Detailed advice on planting fruit and nut trees - including advice on container growing.

How To Plant, Grow & Train Grape Vines
Detailed advice on siting, planting and training grape vines - both outside and under protection. Includes basic pruning advice.

How To Plant Leeks (Video)
An instructional video by Serena on how to plant leek transplants.

How To Plant Onions (Video)
An instructional video by Serena on how to plant onion transplants.

How To Plant & Grow Soft Fruit
Information on unpacking and planting bare root and pot grown soft fruits either in the open ground or in containers and pots.

How To Prune and Train a Grape Using The Guyot Method (Video)
An instructional video by Mark Diacono and his 'chum' Trent on how to prune a train grapes using the Guyot method.

How To Prune Raspberries (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen on how to prune raspberries. Includes advice on pruning Summer fruiting (floricane) and Autumn fruiting (primocane) raspberries.

How To Save Tomato Seed (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen on how to harvest and save tomato seed.

How To Sow & Grow Chilli Pepper & Sweet Peppers
Detailed advice on sowing and growing chilli peppers and sweet peppers - both inside and outside.

How To Sow & Grow Courgettes, Marrows, Gourds, Pumpkins & Squashes
Detailed advice of sowing and growing courgettes, gourds, marrows, pumpkins and squashes - including advice on germination temperature and pollination.

How To Sow & Grow Cucumbers
Brief guidance on how to sow Cucumber seeds and then grow on the plants - both inside and outside. Include advice on removing male flowers on F1 hybrid varieties.

How To Sow & Grow Onions
Detailed advice on growing all types of onion - including both advice on starting onions from seeds as well as transplanting onion plants.

How To Sow & Grow Sweetcorn, Babycorn & Popcorn
Detailed advice on sowing and growing sweetcorn both outside and under protection. Also includes information on growing babycorn and popcorn varieties.

How To Sow & Grow Sweetcorn (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen on sowing and growing sweetcorn.

How To Sow & Grow Tomatoes
Detailed advice on sowing and growing tomatoes outside and under protection. Includes information on watering, feeding and pest control.

How To Sow & Plant Beetroot (Video)
An instructional video by Serena on sowing and planting beetroot.

How To Sow & Transplant Chilli Peppers, Sweet Peppers & Aubergines (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen explaining how to sow and then transplant chilli and sweet peppers. The same technique can also be used for aubergines.

How To Sow & Transplant Tomatoes (Video)
An instructional video by Stephen explaining how to sow and then transplant tomatoes.

How To Sow Carrots (Video)
An instructional video by Serena on how to sow carrots

How To Sow Climbing French Beans (Video)
An instructional video by Serena on how to sow climbing French beans.

How To Sow Climbing Peas (Video)
An instructional video by Serena on how to sow climbing peas.

How To Sow Onion & Leek Seeds (Video)
An instructional video by Jeremy explaining how to sow onion and leek seeds.

How To Sow Our Flower Seed Mixes (Video)
An instructional video by Jeremy and Milly on how to sow our various flower seed mixes.

How To Sow Peas (Video)
An instructional video by Serena on how to sow peas.

How To Sow Pumpkins & Squashes (Video)
An instructional video by Serena on how to sow pumpkin and squash seeds.

How To Thin Carrots (Video)
An instructional video by Serena on how to thin carrots.

Recipes

Apple Crumble Recipe
A quick and easy recipe for making apple crumble.

Beetroot & Horseradish Cream
A tasty recipe to make a savoury dish to serve with meat and poultry.

Champagne Recipe
A recipe for making fine quality sparkling wines from your own grapes, including advice on the art of degorgement.

Courgette Soup Recipe
A quick and simple recipe to help use up some excess courgettes and make a lovely soup - that freezes well for the winter.

French Onion Soup Recipe
An easy recipe to make this French classic. A really warming winter soup that can be made in large batches and frozen.

Leek & Potato Soup Recipe
Serena's favourite soup recipe - and one she is famed for with all our friends. A gorgeous autumn and winter treat that freezes well.

Pea Soup Recipe
A great late summer soup to use up any gluts of peas you may have. Freezes very well.

Pickled Onion & Shallot Recipe
The simplest and best way to pickle onions and shallots. Includes information on brining to remove excess moisture.

Pickled Samphire Recipe
An easy recipe to preserve this much coveted unusual vegetable for winter use.

Sloe Gin Recipe
A traditional recipe for making sloe gin that can easily be adapted for making other fruit gins or vodkas.

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe
A quick and easy recipe to make the most gorgeous strawberry ice cream - with or without and ice cream maker.

Strawberry Jam Recipe
An easy recipe for making everybody's favourite - strawberry jam!

Toffee Apple Pudding Recipe
A quick and easy recipe for making toffee apple pudding.

Vegetable Spaghetti Recipe
An easy method to turn this much underrated squash into lovely 'spaghetti' . Perfect for performing at the table in front of your guests.

White Onion Soup Recipe
A really simple and quick white onion soup recipe - that looks and tastes far more impressive than it should for how easy it is to make!

Magazine Articles

A World Outside The Classroom
Text extracted from the magazine article 'A World Outside The Classroom' which appeared in the August 2009 edition of Smallholder.

Get Your Kids Into Gardening
An article about encouraging children to garden written by Stephen Shirley that appeared in Grow Your Own magazine

Going Round The Mulberry Bush
An article on the basics of growing mulberries written by Paul Peacock that appeared in the July 2007 issue of Grow It! magazine.

Is A Nut Tree For You?
An article on the basics of growing nuts written by Stephen Shirley that appeared in Grow Your Own magazine.

Killer Kiwis
An article on growing kiwi fruits written by Paul Peacock that appeared in the July 2007 issue of Grow It! magazine.

Not So Sour Grapes
An article on the basics of growing grapes written by Paul Peacock that appeared in the June 2007 issue of Grow It! magazine.

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
An article about growing Citrus Fruits written by Simon Lindley which appeared in the August 2007 edition of Grow It magazine.

Passion Fruit Cocktail
An article on the basics of growing Passion Fruits written by Paul Peacock that appeared in the July 2007 issue of Grow It! magazine.

Strawberry Yields
An article on the basics of growing strawberries written by Stephen Shirley that appeared in the February 2007 issue of Grow Your Own magazine.

Succulent Spears
An article on the basics of growing asparagus written by Paul Peacock that appeared in the May 2007 issue of Grow It! magazine.

Top Of The Pops
An article on the basics of growing and popping strawberry popcorn written by Paul Peacock that appeared in the May 2007 issue of Grow It! magazine.

Tip Top Leeks
An article on the basics of growing leeks written by Paul Peacock that appeared in the June 2007 issue of Grow It! magazine.

Tree Wishes
Tree Wishes - magazine article giving inspiration to those thinking about growing fruit written by Stephen Shirley for Grow Your Own magazine.

Projects & Show Gardens

A World Outside The Classroom
Design, plant list and pictures of the RHS Silver Medal winning garden - along with a pictorial story of how the plants were grown that went into the garden.

Annual Pumpkin Competition 2012
Details of the annual School Pumpkin Competition run by Victoriana, where the children grow pumpkins from donated plants.

Mr McGregor's Garden
The story of the allotment bed created on Cleethorpes seafront utilising one of the municipal flower beds, with seeds and plants from Victoriana Nursery.

Various Videos

A World Outside The Classroom (Video)
Video clip showing the Silver Medal winning 'A World Outside The Classroom' show garden at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2009

Edible Classroom - Growing Beans (Video)
A video lesson plan on sowing and growing French Beans in jam jars. Can be undertaken with both French Beans, Runner Beans and Broad Beans.

Edible Classroom - Identifying Vegetables (Video)
Lesson plan idea for school children introducing them to vegetables and teaching them to group them according to type.

Edible Classroom - Making Paper Pots (Video)
Lesson plan idea for KS1 children introducing them to sowing seeds and making paper pots.

Edible Classroom - Organising Your Edible Classroom (Video)
A brief video on how to use a polytunnel as an outdoor classroom - both for growing and teaching.

Edible Classroom - Planting Beans (Video)
Paul explains how to plant the Beans the children have grown and the activities that can stem from this.

Edible Classroom - Planting Seeds (Video)
Lesson plan idea for children introducing them to the differences between pea seed and the resultant crop - before making paper pots and sowing peas.

Edible Classroom - Preparing Raised Beds (Video)
Paul talks a little about how to turn virgin ground into growing ground by making and preparing raised beds.

Edible Classroom - Thinking About Seeds (Video)
Lesson plan idea for children encouraging them to think about the differences between the weight of a pea seed and the weight of the crop it produces.

Edible Classroom - What Affects Growing? (Video)
Mixing science with gardening, the children discuss the various requirements that seeds need in order grow