Grow Yourself Healthy 2011

by Adam Pasco

Last year, Gardeners' World magazine ran a campaign called Grow Yourself Healthy, encouraging readers to grow their own fruit and veg. The campaign was so successful we're bringing it back...

Grow Yourself Healthy 2011, from BBC Gardeners' World magazine and gardenersworld.comThe health benefits of eating fresh fruit and vegetables are well documented, and our shopping baskets increasingly reflect our desire to eat a healthy diet. Food labels reiterate the '5-a-day' mantra, and influence our shopping choices and weekly menus.

Last year, Gardeners’ World magazine ran a campaign called Grow Yourself Healthy, encouraging readers to grow their own fruit and vegetables. The campaign was so successful that we’re bringing it back, with renewed vigour, this year. We’re aiming to show that home-grown crops are more nutritious than shop-bought produce, and that raising your own fruit and veg will save you money, too.

To help you grow yourself healthy, we’ve prepared a downloadable starter pack, and a choice of five growing plans. Each plan contains an easy-to-follow growing calendar for 10 recommended crops. Simply choose which profile suits your circumstances best, and start sowing:


Container grower

Gourmet grower

New to the plot


It's the ‘Gourmet grower’ and ‘Allotmenteer’ packs that I'm finding most useful. Early potatoes planted this week will have produced tasty new potatoes for harvest in June, while broad beans sown outside into warm soil should have their first pods for picking by early July. I can't wait! Celeriac is one of ten crops recommended in the 'Gourmet' pack, and as I haven't grown it before I'm keen to have a go this year.

I'll be coming back to my productive growing plans over the coming months, and along with fellow blogger Kate Bradbury, will hopefully be inspiring many more people to grow themselves healthy in 2011.

The campaign culminates with a Harvest Week in September, with advice on storing and cooking those bumper crops I'm sure you'll all be enjoying.

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Gardeners' World Web User 11/04/2011 at 18:31

My broad beans are being ravaged by something? Any ideas? They are dwarf ones I planted late last year. I am suspecting those little brown snails. Elspeth

Gardeners' World Web User 12/04/2011 at 12:44

Have just dug up the jerusalemm artichokes which had started sprouting. Are they still ok to eat? Anyone know?

Gardeners' World Web User 15/04/2011 at 20:36

this is my third growing season down on my allotment although i don't have much time i have managed to grow all manner of things from beans to beetroot potatoes leeks onions and lots of salad leaves and i am looking forward to the growing season ahead i have already got my garlic and onions in which i planted last autum and i have just put in the first of this years beetroot and cabbages i have also got chillies and tomatoes waiting to go in my friends greenhouse as i haven't got the space on my plot so i can't wait for the first pickings i am not quiet self suficient but i hope to be in a few years time

Gardeners' World Web User 17/04/2011 at 09:32

Supersuzie, I've been trying to be self-sufficient in fruit and veg. for a very long time and April and May are the difficult months. I mentioned to my allotment expert friend last week that there was only rhubarb, leeks and curly kale to eat from my garden and she went over to her allotment and brought me back a huge bag of purple sprouting broccoli and another of baby leaves from her perpetual beet, which I have already cooked and put into quiches and into the freezer, Needless to say I have now sown seeds of both for next year. She also brought me lovely tomato plants as I had not sown any seed this year. Of course I shall give her some of my well-grown sweet corn plants and any surplus produce she is not growing herself. Self-sufficiency is not quite that. Co-operation is needed and lots of friends!

Gardeners' World Web User 19/04/2011 at 09:25

I have a dwarf peach tree & a dwarf nectarine tree which I grow in large pots near the house. Both have been affected by peach leaf curl for the past 3 years now. To be honest, I'm fed up of it. I prefer not to use chemicals in my garden, (I haven't done so for years now), but I'm afarid my trees will be really badly affected by the leaf curl & will eventually die. I recently bought a dwarf plum tree from B & Q. It was fine at first but now it looks as if a few of its leaves may have some kind of leaf curl? They haven't blistered as yet, but do look as though they are starting to curl up a bit. Can peach tree leaf curl affect plum trees too? I have removed the infected leaves from the peach & nectarine & think I will do the same to the plum tree today. Is there an organic way of treating this disease or is it best to use chemicals? If so what do I use & where do I get it? What is the best thing to do to treat & prevent this? Please help. Thanks.

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