It’s either loved or hated but whatever your view garlic is certainly popular… and until you have tasted your own grown you won’t believe that it can be so much better than shop bought.
It isn’t a difficult crop to grow, but it is in the ground a long time, so ideally find a sunny corner or edge of a…
The traditional long, smooth cucumbers need to be grown in awarm, almost hot, humid atmosphere so require greenhouse or polytunnel conditions.
Some of the smaller-fruited more prickly varieties can be grown outside on your veg plot. Many of the greenhouse varieties sold are now all-female plants which means there is no need to remove the male flowers.
The ordinary old-fashioned…
Broccoli is a highly nutritious vegetable that is a must for the veg patch. You will really notice the difference in flavour of your own grown broccoli and, being so fresh, it will contain even more vitamins and health giving properties.
It belongs to the brassica family and there are three types: white and purple sprouting broccoli which are harvested…
Asparagus is one of the few perennial vegetables (those which come up year after year) and is one of the most highly prized –a true delicacy.
It grows from thick spidery roots which act as the storage organs in winter when the plant dies back. In early spring the first young shoots to grow from these roots are harvested as…
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…
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.
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…
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