How to Grow


How to Grow Onions

Choose an open, sunny site with good, free draining soil. Dig over the soil in early winter and incorporate compost, firm well before planting and add a general fertiliser. Keep the ground weed-free and water when the weather is dry feeding occasionally. Onions can be grown from Sets or from Seed. For an August or September crop sow seed late February to early April when the ground is workable, for an earlier crop sow in mid August. Sow under glass […]


How to Grow Beans

Beans  Click here for Bean Troubles Sowing Time Planting Time Soil Spacing Cutting / Lifting Time Storage Cooking Broad Bean Very easy to grow from seed with black and white scented flowers followed by the pods. Water well when pods are swelling and keep weeds down. Support is necessary for the taller varieties. Pinch off the top 3ins of growth once the beans start showing to ensure early harvest and to control blackfly. Use spent plants as a green manure. […]


How to Grow Parsnips

Parsnip  Click here for Parsnip Troubles Sowing Time Planting Time Soil Spacing Cutting / Lifting Time Storage Cooking Parsnips require very little attention and the roots can be left in the ground all winter and dug up as required but if you store some in November you will still have some when the soil is too frozen to dif them up. Do not attempt to replant thinnings as they won’t take well. Keep an eye on weeds and water well […]


How to Grow Tomatoes

Greenhouse Tomatoes Click here for Outdoor Tomatoes Click here for Tomato Troubles Sowing Time Planting Time Soil Spacing Cutting / Lifting Time Storage Cooking Tomato plants grown in a greenhouse will produce fruits from the end of June until October. However, they require constant care and daily watering. Sow two seeds in a 3ins peat pot and remove the weaker one once they form a pair of true leaves. Plant into grow bags or pots when 6-8ins high and the […]


How to Grow Leeks

Compact, versatile and easy to grow in various soil conditions, they’re a fundamental cornerstone of any vegetable patch. Tasty and succulent to eat, leek foliage is also prized as an ornamental feature of borders, or round the edge of your allotment.