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,…

Growing in containers

So, what’s a container? This depends on what crops you are growing, for example lettuce and salad leaves can be grown in quite shallow containers. A small trough 17cm (7in) deep and 30cm (12in) long would suffice for a few mixed cut and come again salad leaves. Ideally, aim for atrough about 20cm (8in) wide, 60cm (2ft) long and at…
One to try: Dream Peppers

One to try: Dream Peppers

If you’re looking for a pepper plant that produces lots of fruit, says Tony Flanagan, why not try ‘Lemon Dream’ and ‘Tangerine Dream’? I tend to prefer the larger sweet peppers such as ‘King of the North’ and ‘California Wonder’ but last year I tried out a new variety (courtesy of Marshalls Seeds) which produces much smaller fruits, a snacker…