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…

Pests and diseases

Slugs and snails Enemy number one for most vegetable growers, slugs and snails, love damp conditions and thrive in a warm, wet summer. Crops affected: Virtually any crop –snails above ground, slugs both above and below soil level. Worst affected are brassicas, carrots, potatoes, seedlings. Symptoms: Nibbled leaves and roots can be confused with other pests such as caterpillars. Look…

Growing undercover

The vast majority of popular fruit and vegetable crops can be grown outside in the UK; however our growing season is relatively short and can be quite variable weather-wise to say the least. As you get into your hobby you will soon appreciate the benefits a protected growing space, in the form of a greenhouse or polytunnel, could provide. However,…

Feeding and watering

Watering is particularly important at seed sowing time, planting out and just after seedlings emerge. Once vegetables become established it is less important unless you garden on very free-draining soil. Root level irrigation On very dry soils or for crops that prefer a moist soil such as celery or celeriac then you could consider using porous pipes that are connected…