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Discover the theory behind crop rotation, with Monty's back-to-basics video advice to giving optimum growing conditions for vegetable groups such as potatoes, legumes (beans, peas etc), brassicas (cabbages, cauliflowers, radishes), root vegebles
Growing new potatoes for Christmas dinner is easier than you might think - you just need to plant them a little later. Some of the best new potatoes are grown from early and second early varieties, usually harvested in June and July. So, when planting in spring, save a few tubers...
not to bruise or damage stems by tying too tightly. Soft string, garden twine, plastic-coated wire or proprietary plant tiesScissors, flower snips or sharp knifeApril - June 5 minutes per plant, as needed in the growing seasonFor trained fruit and wall shrubs
Join Monty at Berryfields as he gives a definition of chitting potatoes and explains how chitting benefits the potato grower.springMore advice on growing potatoesBlog on chitting potatoes, by Jane MooreWatch Monty demonstrating how to grow potatoes in a binGrowing early potatoes,...
Make Halloween extra-special by growing your own pumpkins from seed. Learn how in this archive clip from BBC Gardeners' World (please note that the seed trial Monty mentions is no longer running).springMore advice on growing vegetablesGrow potatoes
Growing from seed is a simple and economical way of raising new plants for your garden. First master the techniques by sowing annuals in spring that will reward you with flowers in summer, then use these basic skills to grow perennials, trees
The warmth of spring and summer allows you to sow vegetable seeds outdoors in the soil. Here they'll quickly germinate to produce crops to enjoy this season. Try easy-to-grow salads such as radish, spring onion and salad bowl lettuce. You can also
Monty Don and Chris Beardshaw demonstrate how to sow a range of vegetable crops in a greenhouse, including chillies, cucumber and lettuce. Pick up tips on choosing compost, watering, spacing, preventing disease and covering your seeds
Sarah Raven offers guidance on planting tomatoes outside, with advice on choosing varieties that will ripen well in the UK climate, as well as those that grow well in hanging baskets.springMore advice on growing tomatoesGrowing tomatoes in pots and grow bagsGrowing tomatoes frGro...
in the year, to encourage them to put on growth before winter sets in. Space them at 10cm intervals in rows 20cm apart, and water well. If you don't have seedlings to plant out, you can usually buy plug plants from garden centres and mail order companies