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easy to grow as you can plant them up, give them basic care and you're pretty much guaranteed a good result:Potatoes; 'Charlotte', 'Sarpo Mira', 'Pink Fir Apple'Courgettes; 'Gold Rush F1', 'Gemmer F1'Pumpkins; 'Jack be Little', 'Rouge Vif d
wonderful thing this 'circle of life' is - as some things end, others begin to grow. And that's especially true on an allotment. My seedlings sown outdoors are starting to appear, thanks to the recent lovely rain, sunny days and warmer nights. The first
in hanging baskets and pumpkins confused with courgettes, but everything was slightly leggy (due to the short days and low levels of sunlight) and there were too many plants for me to look after each one properly.Most plants ended up growing well eventually
off in summer.
Chives, which refuse to grow in my shady garden; I miss them in potato salads.
Borlotti beans, for drying and storing in jars, then adding to winter stews. Butternut squash and several varieties of pumpkin, for hearty autumn soups
on the apple trees is already showing its colours and the fruits are changing shade as they ripen. The pumpkins and butternut squashes, too, are showing a hint of colour and the sweet corn tassels have turned brown at long last, which means they should
The most daunting thing about growing vegetables for many people is the time and effort it will require. While it's true that regular attention is the secret of growing top-quality crops, you can keep on top of things by doing 'key' jobs little
enough fruit without ever making you despair of finding ways to eat them.May you never accidentally bury your favourite trowel and only find it a year later.May your pumpkins swell to the size of small hippopotami.May your carrots spit in the eyes
A huge plot isn't essential for growing vegetables - in fact, it can be a drawback. A small, intensive, easily managed plot produces far more top quality, usable crops for most busy people. The secret of success is making best use of available space