How to sow

Some vegetables are sown direct and then thinned out as they grow and are harvested where they were originally sown. However there is another technique; this uses a nursery bed to sow seeds in to and these are moved to their final positions when they are small plants. Traditionally crops such as brassicas (cabbages, kale, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts etc.) and…

The start of something bigger

We follow the ventures of some new allotment holders as they move from starter plots to larger ones. Elaine Crick follows their progress. From starters to mains Elaine and Julia (aka Radio Derby’s The Potty Plotters) had the idea to create mini starter plots for people who hadn’t grown veg before but would find a large allotment daunting. They took…
Small space growing

Small space growing

If you don’t have a lot of room to grow, there are many ways to maximise crops from tiny places. Emma Rawlings suggests some ideas. Edible corner This picture shows that in a small sunny corner you can create something attractive but productive. Planted at the back is an espalier fruit tree. You can buy young trained trees or you…
Grow your own veg fast

Grow your own veg fast

In these uncertain times lots of people are having the urge to start growing their own veg. Why not have a go at microgreen growing tasty nutritious veg in a matter of days. Microgreens are veg harvested while still only tiny shoots and are packed with vitamins and antioxidants to help boost health. They can also be grown on windowsills.…