URGENT RECALL: Courgette ‘zucchini’

Mr Fothergill’s, the Newmarket based seed experts, have recalled stocks of Courgette ‘Zucchini’ with the batch code I on the packet (located after the printed use by date) as a small number of seeds could produce bitter tasting fruits. This follows a small number of complaints from customers who have experienced stomach pain and nausea after eating fruits. All remaining…

How to grow: Apricots

Apricots are a favourite for drying and the nutrient-packed fruits make a great alternative to sugary sweets in children’s lunchboxes. However, the fresh fruit is delicious too and more and more popular in the supermarkets; unfortunately imported fruit which has travelled halfway around the world often tastes rather poor for the experience. But with modern varieties it is now possible…

Planting fruit

Catalogues offer you tree and soft fruit grown in two different ways. Fruit growers who also supply gardeners will usually grow their plants in the field planted directly into the nursery soil. These are lifted when the plants are dormant from October to March and sent to you with no or very little soil on the roots – hence they…

Where to grow fruit

Most people can find space in their garden, whatever its size, for growing fruit. Here are a few suggestions: Use Minarette or Pillarette fruit trees (single pole trees) in flower borders or put a line of them at the end of your allotment to act as a screen. Several different varieties can be grown to give a wonderful choice of…