1. How to grow your own tomatoes

    How to grow your own tomatoes

    Tomatoes really like warmth, so it’s best to sow them indoors between February and April. If you’re planning to grow outdoors, plants should be hardened off first, by moving them outside for prolonged periods of time on a gradual basis.
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  2. How to grow your own strawberries

    How to grow your own strawberries

    Strawberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow at home, whatever the space available to you. Whether you have a greenhouse, vegetable patch, hanging basket, pots on the patio or even a simple window box, strawberries are incredibly versatile and rewarding to grow. Experience the quintessential taste of summer in your own garden with our step-by-step guide.
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  3. How to grow your own runner beans

    How to grow your own runner beans

    Choose a sheltered, sunny site and ground that has had manure added during the winter or just before planting the beans out. A sheltered site will attract more bees to pollinate the flowers, leading to more beans. Sow your Runner Beans between April and June for the best results.
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  4. How to grow your own raspberries

    How to grow your own raspberries

    Raspberry crops prefer well drained, fertile, slightly acidic soils, which retain moisture well and are weed-free. They dislike soggy or shallow, chalky soils. For best results, plant in a sheltered, sunny spot. Raspberries will tolerate some shade but crop yield may be smaller, the more sun the better! If you’ve gone with summer fruiting raspberries, then they’ll need support through...
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  5. How to grow your own French beans

    How to grow your own French beans

    French beans are not frost hardy and should not be sown or planted until risk of frost has passed. Choose ground that has had manure added during the winter or dig in well-rotted compost or farmyard manure before planting. French beans do best in a sheltered site where they are not rocked around by strong winds. Seeds should be sown...
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  6. How to grow your own broad beans

    How to grow your own broad beans

    Broad beans are easy to grow and an incredibly versatile addition to your kitchen. Choose a sheltered spot and ideally, soil which has had manure or compost added in winter. Broad beans are not as fussy as Runner beans and can be grown in any soil that is in good condition.
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  7. How to grow your own beetroot

    How to grow your own beetroot

    Beetroot are easy to grow and have a wide variety of uses. They also have a long season if follow on sowings are made regularly. Choose a sunny site with well cultivated soil and plant between March and July for the best results.
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  8. How to grow your own asparagus

    How to grow your own asparagus

    Asparagus will grow best in an open and sunny site, but will just about deal with dappled shade if you don’t have the luxury of constant sun. It’ll grow in most soil types, but you should aim for a pH of between 6.5 and 7.5. If you’ve got particularly acidic soil then it’s probably worth giving it some lime before...
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  9. How to grow your own celeriac

    How to grow your own celeriac

    Celeriac is easier to grow than its sibling celery and provides an interesting vegetable for autumn and winter. With a mild celery flavour, celeriac can be cooked or used raw in salads. Choose ground that has been well dug and has had well-rotted manure or garden compost added. Sow the celeriac seeds in March/April when the threat of harsh frosts...
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  10. How to create your own organic garden

    How to create your own organic garden

    There are many benefits to organic gardening for not only the gardener, but for wildlife and the environment too. This is especially true when growing your own vegetables and fruit. Simply put, organic gardening means growing and cultivating plants without relying on synthetic or chemical products for pest control, weeding, or fertilisation. Many of us already use very few chemicals...
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  11. How to grow your own broccoli

    How to grow your own broccoli

    Choose ground where other brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, turnips and mustard) have not been growing for at least two years. You can also grow Broccoli on an area where a previous crop has been cleared and the ground has not been dug over so that it is already firm. Alkaline soil is better than acidic soil, because this reduces...
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  12. Get started with grow your own

    Get started with grow your own

    There is nothing more satisfying than sitting down to a meal where one or more of the ingredients have been produced from your own garden or allotment. As soon as dinner is served, every moment of hard work and effort that goes into growing your own is immediately rewarded. Once your freezer and store room are full, why not get...
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