Grow Your Own Magazine
Get January's issue of Grow Your Own now. Here's a taster of this month's tips and features
- Hot, hot, hot! Spicy mustards to grow for winter
- Sow seeds now for a speedy crop of pea shoots
- Your complete fruit tree planting guide
- An inspirational plot from the USA
Kick start your growing season with salad Mesclun. This free packet of seeds produces an enticing mix of tangy, popular leaves. The contents may vary slightly, but usually include a mouth-watering selection of rocket, chervil, chicory, sorrel and more.
Sow summer cabbages and tomato seeds under glass. This month Anne Swithinbank, our veg gardening guru, is getting her growing season off to an early start. She explains how to enrich your soil for a runner bean crop (and get rid of veg waste at the same time). Plus, discover which potato varieties to order now for a quick crop.
Alternative growing spaces
No garden? No allotment? The land you'll need for a veg patch could be nearer than you think. GYO talks to gardeners who grow food with help from their local pub, nearby hospice or park. Here's all the inspiration you need to swap windowboxes for a full-sized plot!
On the allotment
Simon Akeroyd isn't letting chilly weather keep him off the plot. He rolls his sleeves up to tackle 10 must-do allotment jobs. Learn to make a cold frame from recycled bottles and follow Simon's simple step-by-step for planting cranberries in containers.
Love spicy food? Alys Fowler's here to help! She explains why sowing the hottest chillies now can help the fruit reach tongue-tingling levels. Plus, don't miss her favourite crop for speedy winter harvests. Sprouting seeds take next-to-no time to grow and make a delicious salad.
GYO editor, Lucy Halsall, helps you to get fruit trees into shape. Learn to prune free-standing pears and erect plant supports. If you're fed up of raiding the cupboards for last year's frozen and dried treats, there's an easy solution — forced strawberries! Lucy explains how to keep plants under cover for an early harvest.