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Growing your own brings a host of benefits, like better freshness and saving money. One of the most important to me, is being able to choose specific crops that have the very best flavour.I think, what's the point in buying supermarket produce simply sold as 'sweetcorn', 'tomato'...
feed on pollen from the open flowers, and hopefully breed and lay eggs. Developing larvae then feed on aphids, acting as a form of natural pest control.When I experimented with the 'square foot vegetable plot' planting technique a couple of years ago, I
The health benefits of eating fresh fruit and vegetables are well documented, and our shopping baskets increasingly reflect our desire to eat a healthy diet. Food labels reiterate the '5-a-day' mantra, and influence our shopping choices
When growing edible crops, it is essential to use your plot efficiently, especially if space is limited. It’s no good growing an unusual variety with a tiny yield if it takes up space that could be used for a more productive crop – particularly
remember sitting with a group of friends in a student bedroom watching Geoffrey on television. So, 'growing your own' is the latest gardening trend, is it? Well Geoffrey was certainly inspiring the nation with Mr Smith's Vegetable Plot in the 1970's
-nitrogen fertiliser as it encourages soft, leafy shoots, which are easily infected by fungal diseases.I'll also practice crop rotation, so my garlic, leeks and onions will not be grown in the same plot of ground as last year. I’ll need to keep a close eye on my chives
thankfully never in a garden since. I recently read that we have the Romans to thank for ground elder, they introduced it to provide fresh vegetables for troop and planted it along roadsides. An interesting account of ground elder on Herboristeria makes