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Five top tips – growing vegetables for a beginner

Toby Buckland shares his five top tips for growing vegetables

Toby Buckland (Photographer – Ed Ovenden)

As well as getting a harvest from homegrown vegetables, there’s also the satisfaction of watching as bare ground becomes productive, the delicious anticipation as crops grow and not to forget those all-important bragging rights. Whatever vegetables you choose, make sure you grow what you like to eat and check over your crops often – you’ll spot dry compost or slugs before too much damage is done.


Growing chard

Harvested rainbow chard

Like other salads, chard is a good crop to sow at the base of other larger vegetables that are coming to the end of their working life. In early spring, sow at the feet of brassicas, in summer use it as a follow-on crop from early potatoes and in late summer/early autumn grow as winter replacements for runner beans and sweetcorn.

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