The secrets to growing success

A collection of step-by-step guides which we will be posting monthly, it's not our intentions to provide an absolute guide to planting for every crop or herb because everyone's timings, growing references and methods will be slightly different.

  • Grow tasty tomatoes in a hanging planter
    There are several varieties of tomato which are well suited to growing in hanging baskets or planters particularly the smaller fruiting types. Choose a sunny, sheltered spot for your planter and keep the plants well watered.
  • Grow your own champion courgettes
    Courgette plants are one of the last crops to be sown under cover - in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill. They only take about a week to germinate and the young seedlings soon developing their true leaves.
  • Top tips for growing asparagus
    A perennial crop, established asparagus plants will provide an annual crop of tasty spears for up to 20 years. Ensure you choose the spot you will grow your asparagus carefully. Asparagus needs lots of space to grow and requires a sheltered, sunny site with well-drained soil to thrive. Avoid growing asparagus in shady spots, heavy clay soil or containers.
  • How best to grow potatoes in a planter
    Growing potatoes in bags is a great way of getting a useful crop from a small space. If you have a greenhouse or polytunnel then you can also get a very early crop by starting them off in February. There's no earthing-up required, no digging and minimum mess. You can simply plant your seed potatoes in the planter, and wait for them to grow. Salad potatoes known as first or second earlies grow well in bags inside the greenhouse or in a frost-free part of your garden. You can use chitted or un-chitted seed potatoes