A native of Mediterranean climates, asparagus gives the best growth in warm conditions, with its roots in the fertile and free-draining soil. Avoid sites where late frost is common, grow in raised beds it soil is dense clay, and add lime if the soil is on the acidic side.
GARDEN TRUG MATERIALS
If using a pallet the board sizes may vary and with new timber the dimensions may be slightly different. As a guide, standard trug is based on the following measurements:
Sometimes overlooked by gardeners, the trug is a really useful piece of equipment. It can be expensive to buy too, so why not make one? Gardening expert, writer and broadcaster Martin Fish shows you how.
Sow short rows of lettuce every month and you will always have a supply of leaves to eat. Plants from January sowings are growing fast and it can be tempting to leave al rows to form large heads, but you are unlikely to eat them all before they bolt. Start picking a few leaves from each plant while they are small and tender. This means you get plenty of tasty young lettuce over several weeks. When plants are finished the next sowing will be ready to pick.
Sumptuous red strawberries picked warm from the plant are a summer delight that many of us look forward to. It is good to grow a number of varieties in an attempt to extend the harvesting season for as long as possible. But do you know about the equally delicious cousin of the modern hybrids, the alpine strawberry, also called the woodland of wild strawberry.