Grow Your Own Magazine
Get April's issue of Grow Your Own now. Here's a taster of this month's tips and features
- Your easy guide to growing dwarf beans
- Are plug plants worth a place on your plot? Jane Perrone investigates
- Dave Finkle puts sowing gear to the test
- Discover how to protect crops the natural way
SIX SEED PACKETS
Yes, we've done it again! For the third issue in a row GYO is offering you six packets of must-try seeds. This month we've put together a gourmet collection. Don't miss your chance to grow mouthwatering varieties of tomato, beetroot, gherkin, celeriac, fennel and mooli. Haven't tried growing some of these crops before? Don't worry – we're also throwing in a tip-packed booklet.
They're the whoppers of the veg plot, but Alys Fowler is determined to squeeze winter squashes onto a small city plot. Learn why arches can be gardeners' friends in space-strapped areas and the best pumpkin varieties for compact spots. Plus, if you're looking for a traditional, small-space plant, have a go with Alys' must-have strawberry plants.
On the veg patch
Start off sweetcorn and sow parsnips with Anne Swithinbank's expert tips. Our gardening guru also celebrates late spring with a handy step-by-step. Now that many tomato plants are ready to be moved to their final homes, Anne talks you through the four essential stages of settling them into new grow bags.
Purple sprouting broccoli
Sit back with a feeling of satisfaction. While others pay a premium for PSB in the shops, veg growers can enjoy a crop for the price of a packet of seeds. This delicacy is easy to grow with a bit of know-how. Our experts explain how to care for your plants from plot to plate. Plus, discover which 10 award-wining broccoli varieties are recommended by the RHS.
It's all happening on the fruit plot this month. GYO editor, Lucy Halsall, starts off melons and encourages bees to visit her plants. It's also the time to get out the secateurs and prune young cherries. If you'd like to grow a tree to two yourself, it's not too late, Lucy names three favourite dessert varieties for good-sized crops.
Recycle your water
Don't let your crops run dry this summer. Award winning writer, Kate Bradbury, explains how to keep your veg well topped up as the UK's weather veers from hose-pipe droughts to winter floods. Pick up tricks on harvesting rain and make baths or showers work for you twice, with Kate's tips on using 'grey' water.