23 May 2013
Award winning garden designer Adam Frost talks about his Gold medal winning creation at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Sho.
5 October 2011.
Sometimes I think rhubarb is actually an alien species, a kind of triffid that lives underground with a personality of its own. The first shoot pushes through the earth in a most uncommon – even unearthly – way, and the enormous leaves point skyward like some organic communication dishes.
5 September 2011.
You can match the planting of garlic directly with the rise of television. Prewar, hardly anyone grew it, there were far more important things to fill the plot with. Then, as television cookery increased, so has the numbers of people growing garlic until now it has become a major crop and you can find a variety that grows well in almost any climate or situation...
8 August 2011.
Clamping offers a simple and effective way to store many common root crops such as carrots, potatoes and beetroot. It works on the principle that roots come from the ground, and therefore are best kept in the ground. Simple really.
29 June 2011.
For me Christmas potatoes means a combination of well stored maincrop potatoes and freshly dug new ones. Now it is possible to buy seed potatoes direct from the horticultural suppliers specially kept back for planting in August. First earlies such as ‘Maris Peer’ are an excellent choice. First early potatoes take 12 weeks from first growing to cropping, which if planted in August should give you potatoes in mid November, but if you account for a lack of daylight and the general drop in temperature, even in an unheated polytunnel, you will get a crop in December, and into January.
2 June 2011.
Every month keen kitchen gardener Paul Peacock brings you a top tip from his plot. There are many reasons for growing herbs in pots and containers, but one reason in particular is the desire to have them at the kitchen door, where I can snip off a leaf or two whenever I need them. However, there is a special reason for growing herbs in containers, based on the need to produce exactly the right growing environment.
5 May 2011.
Every month keen kitchen gardener and author Paul Peacock brings you a top tip from his plot. If you have an unheated greenhouse or polytunnel, April onwards is the time to start sowing tomatoes and peppers, late April onwards in Scotland. Use good quality compost and sow your plants in modules, seed trays or little pots...
29 March 2011.
Every month keen kitchen gardener and author Paul Peacock brings you a top tip from his plot. The asparagus season is a short one. To maintain a bed of asparagus you have to keep it well fed and make sure the plants are not over harvested. This way you will always have perfect spears during the few short weeks of harvesting...
28 February 2011.
Every month keen kitchen gardener and gardening author, Paul Peacock brings you a top tip from his plot. When is a courgette not a courgette? When it’s a marrow. Both are very similar, have almost the same requirements and are usually highly successful in the UK. The difference between them is simple – courgettes are marrows bred to be at their best when harvested early, and that’s all...
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