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  1. Swede

    Swedes are brassicas, and like other members of the family they need firm, non-acidic soil with reasonable drainage. Pick a sunny spot and d...

  2. Beetroot

    Choose a sunny spot for beetroot, and dig the soil in autumn or early winter, adding well-rotted compost if humus content is low. Lime if th...

  3. Parsnips

    If you want to grow long, tapering parsnips, you’ll need deep, stone-free soil, well manured for a previous crop. Any reasonable soil in sun...

  4. Carrots

    Your soil must be deep, fertile and rather sandy if you want to produce fine long specimens. If your soil is rather heavy or stony, try grow...

  5. Onion sets & shallots

    All onions require good soil and free drainage. Choose a sunny site for planting, and dig the ground well in early winter, incorporating a g...

  6. Potatoes

    Potatoes can be grown in practically every soil kind of soil, and they’re perfect for helping to turn grassland or wasteland into a producti...

  7. Spring onions

    These are found in many oriental dishes, and need to grow in a sunny position in well-drained fertile soil. Dig the soil over to make a fine...

  8. Komatsuna

    These form large, productive, healthy plants with glossy leaves that can grow up to 30cm (12”) long and 18cm (7”) wide. Their flavour resemb...

  9. Mizuna greens

    Mizuna greens can be eaten cooked or raw after harvesting young, tender leaves. They’re adaptable and capable of tolerating high summer temp...

  10. Pak choi

    Prepare the soil in the usual way choosing a fertile and moist soil....

  11. Chinese cabbages

    With their mild flavour and crisp texture, these are excellent in salads, or lightly cooked. Prepare the soil in the normal way, and apply h...

  12. Oriental mustard

    Like other oriental brassicas, these are fast-growing, so prepare the ground prior to planting adding lots of organic matter and a high gene...

  13. Chinese broccoli

    Plant these in a prepared site, in a cool but moist spot, with high organic and nitrogen levels.  Apply a general fertiliser prior to planti...

  14. Companion planting and vegetable groups

    When you’re growing veg, there’s a very helpful practice called “companion planting” which you can use to to deter pests and improve flavour...

  15. Organic vegetable growing: simple steps and ideas

    Growing organic veg has lots of benefits including: Provides safe, uncontaminated food Reduces food miles and the use of fossil fuels Waste...

  16. Spinach & beet leaf

    These crops require some soil preparation in order to perform well, with ground that’s rich and contain plenty of organic matter. Apply well...

  17. Endive

    Summer and autumn-sown crops of endive need a sunny spot with good soil, but a semi-shaded site is equally suitable for spring-grown endive....

  18. Rocket

    This tangy salad crop likes cool conditions in fertile, moisture-retentive soil, and it makes a great cut-and-come-again option for your kit...

  19. Corn salad (Lambs lettuce)

    Corn salad will grow happily in nearly all garden soils and situations, so it’s very useful as a winter salad, or as an undercrop for other ...

  20. Chicory

    Chicory isn’t fussy about soil type, but it does require a sunny spot. Dig the soil in autumn or winter, and incorporate compost if the soil...

  21. Lettuce

    Soil for planting lettuce needs to be neutral - alkaline, with adequate organic matter, and kept moist throughout the life of the crop. Choo...

  22. Thyme

    Culinary uses - Fresh or dried leaves and flowering tops of thyme are used to flavour soups, fish, meat, sausages, marinades, vinegar, stuff...

  23. Sage

    Culinary uses - Leaves are traditionally used to flavour meat dishes, especially pork, liver, goose, soups, stews, sauces and sausages. It’s...

  24. Oregano

    Culinary uses - In Italian, Greek and Mexican cooking, oregano is often used dried in dishes with other strongly-flavoured ingredients like ...

  25. Parsley

    Culinary uses - Parsley leaves are widely used as a garnish and to flavour sauces, butter, dressings, stuffings and savoury dishes....

  26. Basil

    Culinary uses - As you’d expect from one of the most popular herbs in Italian cuisine, basil makes a natural partner for tomato dishes, and ...

  27. Mint

    Culinary uses - Leaves are widely used in flavouring, with peas and potatoes, and for making mint sauce and jelly to accompany lamb - also a...

  28. Fennel

    Culinary uses - Leaves are eaten in salads and as a garnish and flavouring, especially with olives and fish dishes. Fennel leaf bases are ea...

  29. Coriander

    Culinary uses - Leaves and leafstalks of coriander are used to flavour soups, salads, beans and curries. Seeds are an ingredient of curries,...

  30. Chives

    Culinary uses - Chives are especially good with potato and eggs, while the leaves can also be used to garnish and flavour soups and salads, ...

  31. Rosemary

    Culinary uses - Fresh or dried rosemary leaves can be used to flavour meat (especially lamb and goat), sausages, stuffings, soups and stews....

  32. Lettuce

    The soil for planting needs to be neutral - alkaline, have adequate organic matter and to be kept moist throughout the life of the crop. Cho...

  33. Sweet corn

    Sweet corn requires good drainage and enough humus to ensure the ground remains moist and doesn’t dry out too fast. Ideally, the soil should...

  34. Runner beans

    Prepare your soil in winter or early spring. Dig a trench 18” wide and fork in compost before replacing soil. Apply a general fertiliser bef...

  35. Courgettes & marrows

    These popular members of the squash family need a sunny spot protected from strong winds, together with soil that’s well-drained and rich in...

  36. Potatoes

    Potatoes can be grown in practically every kind of soil, and they’re perfect for helping to turn grassland or wasteland into a productive ve...

  37. Broad beans

    For best results, apply a balanced fertiliser such as Growmore about 1 week before sowing, organic fertiliser, chicken pellets or blood, fis...

  38. Cucumbers: varieties

    To ripen green fruits at the end of the season, lay them on a tray and put them into a drawer. Next to the tray, add a couple of ripe apples...

  39. Tomatoes: varieties

    Large fruits - F1 Beefeater; Faworyt...

  40. Cucumbers: outdoor ridge

    To grow cucumbers outdoors successfully, it’s necessary to plant them in a sunny spot, protected from strong winds. Your soil must be well d...

  41. Cucumbers: greenhouse

    Crop care - Try to maintain the temperature in your greenhouse at a minimum of 60-70°F. Keep the compost moist but never waterlogged, with t...

  42. Tomatoes: outdoor

    Outdoor tomatoes are a tender crop, so choose a warm spot in front of a south-facing wall if you can. During winter, dig the soil thoroughly...

  43. Tomatoes: indoor

    To reduce the risk of root pests and other soil diseases, tomatoes are best grown in ring culture, growbags or by planting them into 9” pots...

  44. Radishes

    Radishes are easy to grow and mature relatively fast. For a classic, appealing appearance, choose a globular variety like Scarlet Globe or S...

  45. Tomatoes

    Outdoor tomatoes are a tender crop, so choose a warm spot in front of a south-facing wall if you can. They’ll do well in containers or bags ...

  46. Runner beans

    The best variety to grow on the patio is Hestia - a disease-resistant dwarf variety which bears heavy crops of high-quality stringless beans...

  47. French beans

    Dwarf french beans are well-suited to growing in pots, and we’d recommended varieties like Masterpiece, Purple Queen, Safari, Sprite, Tender...

  48. Cucumbers

    If you’d like to grow cucumbers outside and in a pot, the dwarf variety Delta is probably your best option....

  49. Chillies and Peppers

    Chillies and peppers actually seem to prefer growing in pots instead of the open soil, and can make a very attractive feature in your kitche...

  50. Carrots

    Carrot Parmex or early Nantes 5 are short-rooted varieties, which are almost round in shape and are very much at home if you grow them in a ...

  51. Peas

    Sugarbon is a dwarf variety of pea which does well in containers. It’s an early-maturing, heavy cropping variety with short, broad, flat tas...

  52. Lettuce

    The easiest lettuces to grow in containers are the cut-and-come-again salad varieties, which will supply you with a steady harvest. The soil...

  53. Potatoes

    All potatoes grow well in bags or containers, and you’ll find a great range of varieties in our garden centre shops. First and second earlie...

  54. Spinach

    Spinach will grow quite happily in containers, and so will beetroot and leaf beet (perpetual spinach). Harvest the leaves when they’re young...

  55. Spring onions

    Choose a variety like White Lisbon, which you can grow in containers, and will provide you with salad onions for almost 6 months of the year...

  56. Kale

    Kale is much more accommodating than other brassicas like cabbages, cauliflowers, and Brussels sprouts, and it will grow in nearly all soils...

  57. Brussels sprouts

    Prepare the soil in the same way that you would for any cabbage crop, and add additional fertiliser before planting....

  58. Broccoli

    Like other brassicas, broccoli can fail in loose and starved soil, so your ground should ideally be firm and rich in organic matter. Pick a ...

  59. Cauliflowers

    Choose a sunny position for cauliflowers, and dig in some well-rotted manure the previous autumn. Use lime if necessary in winter. In spring...

  60. Cabbages

    Pick a reasonably sunny spot, which has not been used to grow cabbages or any other brassicas in the past 3 years. As with all brassicas, a ...

  61. Squashes

    You can cultivate these just like melons, allowing the right amount of space for them to grow, depending on the variety....

  62. Mellons

    Melons require a very sunny, sheltered position - it’s possible to grow them in the open in warmer countries, but in temperate climates melo...

  63. Pumpkins

    Pumpkins aren’t very hardy or long-suffering, so they do need a sunny, sheltered spot in your garden, with the soil prepared as you would fo...

  64. Cucumbers

    Outdoor ridge cucumbers - To grow cucumbers outdoors successfully, it’s necessary to plant them in a sunny spot, protected from strong winds...

  65. Courgettes & marrows

    These are probably the most popular members of the squash family for cooking purposes - they don’t even need to be peeled or seeded. For a t...

  66. Peas & mangetout

    For peas and mangetout, choose an open spot where peas haven’t been grown for 2 seasons. Apply a light dressing of Growmore fish blood and b...

  67. French beans (dwarf/climbing)

    French beans will succeed in most soils, but they hate heavy clay. For really good results, dig your soil well and rake it to produce a fine...

  68. Runner beans

    Prepare the soil in winter or early spring. Dig a trench 18” wide and fork in compost before replacing the soil. Apply a general organic fer...

Garden Guides

Latest Guides

  1. Chinese cabbages

    With their mild flavour and crisp texture, these are excellent in salads, or lightly cooked. Prepare the soil in the normal way, and apply h...

  2. Oriental mustard

    Like other oriental brassicas, these are fast-growing, so prepare the ground prior to planting adding lots of organic matter and a high gene...

  3. Chinese broccoli

    Plant these in a prepared site, in a cool but moist spot, with high organic and nitrogen levels.  Apply a general fertiliser prior to planti...

  4. Companion planting and vegetable groups

    When you’re growing veg, there’s a very helpful practice called “companion planting” which you can use to to deter pests and improve flavour...

  5. Organic vegetable growing: simple steps and ideas

    Growing organic veg has lots of benefits including: Provides safe, uncontaminated food Reduces food miles and the use of fossil fuels Waste...

  6. Spinach & beet leaf

    These crops require some soil preparation in order to perform well, with ground that’s rich and contain plenty of organic matter. Apply well...

  7. Endive

    Summer and autumn-sown crops of endive need a sunny spot with good soil, but a semi-shaded site is equally suitable for spring-grown endive....

  8. Rocket

    This tangy salad crop likes cool conditions in fertile, moisture-retentive soil, and it makes a great cut-and-come-again option for your kit...

  9. Corn salad (Lambs lettuce)

    Corn salad will grow happily in nearly all garden soils and situations, so it’s very useful as a winter salad, or as an undercrop for other ...

  10. Chicory

    Chicory isn’t fussy about soil type, but it does require a sunny spot. Dig the soil in autumn or winter, and incorporate compost if the soil...

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