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An automatic watering and feeding system will take the strain out of watering plants and crops for you this summer. Simply set it up and top up the reservoir every few weeks - adding some liquid feed at the same time - and you can sit back and watch your garden grow, or go on hol...
.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
, the best results come from growing plants on a windowsill indoors or in a greenhouse. Large fruited varieties such as 'Black Beauty' should yield three to six aubergines per plant. Smaller fruited varieties like 'Fairy Tale' will produce at least 10
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Plant out lettuce throughout the summer to ensure a continuous supply of salad. You can grow your own young plants from seed or buy them from nurseries and garden centres. Lettuce makes an ideal quick crop to grow between other vegetables before
Plant runner beans now and these vegetables will thrive in the warm, moist soil and quickly twine up their supports. At this time of year you can still sow seeds, which will produce a good harvest of succulent pods, or you can buy young plants
CanesChicken wire meshFebruary - April10 minutes to sow the seedsJune - AugustFor early crops, sow seed indoors now in pots or cells. Transplant into the garden when the seedlings are about 12-15cm high. This helps reduce damage from slugs, snails and pigeons