The glorious weather we’ve enjoyed of late must have made us think of those long, warm and sunny summer days that lie ahead… we hope!
But certainly the taste of spring in February has awoken the natural world, and also our good intentions to grow a selection of tasty crops in the coming months.
Steve, Emma, Tony and their team of talented and knowledgeable writers are all on hand to offer their tips and guidance to help you get the most from your plot… whether it’s a small patio or a sizeable allotment.
Joyce Russell gets in the mood for sowing as she outlines tasks for the vegetable garden in spring. Meanwhile, Martin Fish is in the greenhouse, planting and potting tomatoes and sowing cucumber seeds.
Gaby Bartai visits a community growing project in Perthshire, where teamwork offers a great way for people to enjoy time together while growing crops to share and sell. With shoppers becoming increasingly aware of the ‘air miles’ that some fruit and vegetables rack up on their way to the UK, projects like this offer a great way for people to make friends, spend time in the fresh air and really find out where the food on their plate comes from!
But we are also becoming increasingly aware of how important bees and butterflies are to the world around us, and how many are facing a struggle to survive. Gardening expert Benedict Vanheems takes a look at how gardeners can assist butterflies and moths by planting mini wildflower meadows to provide them with nectar – the fuel to help them thrive.
You don’t need a huge plot, as Ben lists some attractive flowers that you can plant in your back garden, or in patio pots, to draw in nectar-loving insects to help them to shape our planet for years to come.
Editor Steve shares his ‘tips’ for excellent asparagus, and there’s a special money-saving offer for everyone who’d like to grow their own delicious spears.
Ever thought about keeping chickens? Experienced livestock keeper Jason Weller shares his thoughts on how our feathered friends can devour unwanted pests while also providing fresh eggs… and lots of amusing antics!
And that’s just for starters. There are tips on how to build a strawberry tower, a special feature on biodegradable pots, lots of news and events, the Mudketeers’ pages (not forgetting Daucus the naughty gnome, of course!) and a host of reader offers and giveaways. Plus a selection of mouthwatering recipes for you to make!
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