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Follow Chris Beardshaw's advice on helping garden birds in spring. He explains the different feeding requirements of young and adult birds, how birds can help with pest control and offers tips on positioning nesting boxes.springMore on garden birds
Brassicas form the mainstay of the vegetable plot all year round in the form of summer and winter cabbage, cauliflower, sprouting broccoli, calabrese and Brussels sprouts. Whether you've raised your own brassicas from seed or opted for ready
Follow Monty Don's video guide to planting courgette plants, which includes advice on planting depth and watering.summerMore on growing vegetablesMonty's video project on planting broccoliHow to plant sweetcornPlanting runner beansPlanting brassicas
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...
.More on greenhouse growingRead Kate Bradbury's blog on growing auberginesGrowing tomatoes from seed videoGrowing chilli peppers from seedDamping down your greenhouseBrowse vegetable varieties
, which can be planted out in March or April for a quick-growing crop. Sets are available from garden centres or by mail order, and although the range of varieties is not quite as wide as from seed, it's is an easy, reliable method of growing.Whether you
.Most peas are best grown with support, such as pea netting or twigs. They are pretty enough to grow in ornamental borders so they're worth growing even if you don't have a vegetable plot.Pea seedsSeed compost if sowing indoorsRoot trainers or toilet roll
Learn how to grow speciality mushrooms, such as shiitake and oyster mushrooms, using growing kits, in Chris Beardshaw's video demonstration.autumnMore on growing edible cropsVideo advice on growing chilliesHow to grow pulses indoorsVideo advice on growing citrus plantsHow to sow ...
Learn how to grow overwintering onions for an early crop the following summer, with Chris Beardshaw's video advice. The video includes tips on spacing and planting depth.autumnMore advice on growing onionsRead Pippa Greenwood's blog on growing garlic and onionsMonty Don's guide t...