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how to gardening guides - vegetables

How To Gardening Guides - Vegetables

how to grow asparagus

How To Grow Asparagus

Asparagus fetches high prices in the supermarkets, but why pay when you can cut your own crop straight from the garden? Growing asparagus in the UK is simple.

Find out how to grow asparagus....

how to grow basil

How To Grow Basil

Basil is such a useful herb to have in the kitchen and it’s really easy to grow from seed. It can even be grown close at hand on your kitchen windowsill for the summer.

Find out how to grow Basil....

how to grow beetroot

How To Grow Beetroot

If you think beetroot is only good for boiling and pickling, it’s time to think again. Beetroot is an easy to grow vegetable ideal for beginners.

Find out how to grow Beetroot....

how to grow broad beans

How To Grow Broad Beans

Broad Bean seeds are cheap, easy to handle and simple to germinate. All in all, the perfect vegetable crop for beginners or growing with children.

Find out how to grow Broad Beans....

how to grow butternut squash

How To Grow Butternut Squash

Grown through summer for harvest in autumn, easy to grow butternut squash are a valuable crop for use through the winter months.

Find out how to grow butternut squash....

how to grow carrots

How To Grow Carrots

Carrots are an easy and rewarding crop to grow, great for encouraging children to eat their vegetables! With so many varieties available, they are suitable for gardens of any size.

Find out how to grow carrots....

how to grow chilli peppers

How To Grow Chilli Peppers

Even though it’s cold outside, January and February are the perfect months to turn up the heat and start sowing some fiery chilli peppers!

Find out how to grow chilli peppers...

how to grow courgettes

How To Grow Courgettes

Courgettes are easy to grow vegetable plants that crop prolifically through summer and into early autumn.

Find out how to grow courgettes...

how to grow cress

How To Grow Cress

Each one of us has at some point sprinkled cress seed on a piece of wet tissue paper and waited to see what happens.

Find out how to grow cress...

how to grow cucumbers

How To Grow Cucumbers

Growing cucumber plants is really quite easy once you understand that there are two main types available, and these need different treatment to produce a good crop.

Find out how to grow cucumbers...

how to grow garlic

How To Grow Garlic

Garlic is best planted between November and April although you will generally get a bigger and better crop if you plant it in the autumn.

Find out how to grow garlic...

how to grow herbs

How To Grow Herbs

There's nothing like the taste of herbs picked fresh from your own garden! They're so easy to grow, whether in beds, borders, containers or on windowsills.

Find out how to grow herbs...

how to grow mushrooms

How To Grow Mushrooms

Mushroom growing may seem complicated but our dowels, spawn and complete growing kits all provide full instructions and everything you will need to grow your own mushrooms.

Find out how to grow mushrooms...

how to grow oca new zealand yams

How To Grow Oca (New Zealand Yam)

This unusual member of the Oxalis family has long been grown in the Andes for its nutritionally rich tubers with a tangy lemon flavour that becomes nuttier once cooked.

Find out how to grow oca...

how to grow onions and shallots

How To Grow Onions and Shallots

It's surprising how many recipes call for an onion, and French cuisine positively relies upon the milder flavour of the shallot, so it's well worth growing your own supply.

Find out how to grow onions and shallots...

how to grow parsnips

How To Grow Parsnips

Parsnips are definitely making a comeback in the vegetable garden, and once sown they will virtually look after themselves..

Find out how to grow parsnips...

how to grow peas

How To Grow Peas

Fresh peas picked straight from the garden are a revelation! Once you’ve tasted how sweet they really taste, you’ll never want to eat frozen peas again.

Find out how to grow peas...

how to grow potatoes

How To Grow Potatoes

What could be more satisfying than the fresh flavour of home grown potatoes? Follow our easy 'how to' guide to find out how to grow potatoes in your garden.

Find out how to grow potatoes...

how to grow sweet potatoes

How To Grow Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are traditionally grown in warmer climates but don’t be put off. New, hardier cultivars mean that now you can grow sweet potatoes in the UK.

Find out how to grow sweet potatoes...

how to stop potato blight

How To Stop Blight

Blight is a destructive fungal disease that is caused by spores of Phytophthora infestans which are spread by the wind and may also contaminate potato tubers in the soil.

Find out more about blight...

how to grow pumpkins

How To Grow Pumpkins

These magnificent autumn vegetables are so easily forgotten. Read our pumpkin growing guide to learn just how simple it is to grow your own pumpkins.

Find out how to pumpkins...

how to grow runner beans

How To Grow Runner Beans

For many gardeners, the summer just isn’t complete without a delicious crop of tender Runner Beans. They are such a productive crop and really easy to grow.

Find out how to grow runner beans...

how to grow spring onions

How To Grow Spring Onions

An easy to grow crop that can usually be harvested in a relatively short amount of time, spring onions are a salad staple and firm favourite with our customers.

Find out how to grow spring onions...

how to grow sweetcorn

How To Grow Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn is easier to produce than most people would imagine, only requiring a bit of room to grow and anchor those tall stems that are a familiar sight in farmers’ fields these days.

Find out how to grow sweetcorn...

how to grow tomatoes

How To Grow Tomatoes

You can’t rival the flavour of a fresh home-grown tomato straight from the vine. Tomatoes can easily be grown from either seed or plug plants and they are ideal for gardens of any size.

Find out how to grow tomatoes...

how to grow watercress

How To Grow Watercress

You don’t need a river or stream running through your garden to grow watercress. You don’t even need a garden to grow it...

Find out how to grow watercress...

Is it ripe yet? When to harvest your crops

Is it ripe yet?

Pick them too soon and they may taste terrible; leave them too late and they are past their best! So how do you know if your crops fruit and vegetables are ripe yet?

Find out when to harvest your crops....

all other how to guides

All Other How To Guides

Whether you are new to gardening or have a wealth of experience, our handy ‘how to garden’ section is packed with articles and video guides, offering expert gardening advice, handy tips and garden inspiration.

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