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Sarah Raven offers advice on which tomato varieties to grow, and demonstrates how to sow tomato seeds in coir pellets.springMore advice on growing tomatoesGrowing tomatoes in pots and grow bagsGrowing tomatoes from seedGrowing tomatoes outdoors
California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) are hardy annuals that bring a vivid splash of colour to summer borders. After their long flowering period the plants will also readily self-seed.California poppy seeds eg 'Golden Values'Bamboo caneTrowelPlant labelsPencil or waterpro...
patch, be sure to allow sufficient space for the fully mature crop.Pumpkin seedsSmall potsSeed compostHeated propagator or warm windowsillWell-rotted manure or compostVented bell clochemid-March to mid-June18-22 weeks from sowingSow seeds individually
. If you have a clay soil, wait until the end of MarchFor best results, warm soil beneath cloches for a couple of weeks before sowingSow seed in June for a crop of tender, baby parsnips at Christmas.Advice on growing vegetablesRead Jane Moore's blog
on growing leeksVideo advice on planting out leeksMore advice on planting out leek plugsAdvice on growing fruit and vegetables
well watered. A fairly sheltered spot in full or part sun will suit them best. It's a good idea to make several sowings at two or three week intervals, to increase the potential harvesting period.Sugar snap pea seedsGood quality seed compostSmall pots
Nothing beats the taste of freshly-picked sweetcorn in late summer and growing your own couldn't be easier. Sow your own seeds or buy young seedlings to plant now and grow them in a block on the veg plot. Or use them decoratively, planting them
Learn how to grow your own supply of tender, succulent peas, in Monty's video guide. Monty recommends a particularly good long-podded variety and shares advice on soil preparation and seed spacing.springMore on growing fruit and vegRead Jane Moore
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
Find out how to grow salad leaves from seed in a container, in Monty Don's step-by-step video guide, including tips on compost and spacing.springMore on raising crops from seedRead Pippa Greenwood's blog on growing salad leavesGrow salad leaves from seedGrow basil from seedGrow t...