From plot to plate

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Trade secrets

Kate Nicoll, senior gardener at the National Trust's Attingham Park in Shropshire, gives her top tips on cucumber success. Read more »

Step-by-step: Growing peas

Step-by-step: Growing peas

Once you've experienced the taste of fresh, sweet garden peas – straight from the pod – you'll never want to buy them from the supermarket again, and you can start them off now... Read more »

Grow for Flavour

Grow for Flavour

Improve your seasonal fruit and veg with James Wong... Read more »

Big ideas for little plots: Washing-line veg

Big ideas for little plots: Washing-line veg

It can be hard to inject colour into your garden in February, particularly if space is tight, so try this high-flying idea for pails of plants on an empty washing line. Read more »

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Trade secrets

February is the best time to start preparing your plot for new asparagus beds and ordering in spring-planting asparagus. Here, Oliver Wilkins, fruit, veg and herb team leader at RHS Wisley, gives his tips on how to get a bumper crop. Read more »

Step-by-step: Chitting potatoes

Step-by-step: Chitting potatoes

Encourage your seed potatoes to send up sturdy sprouts before planting by chitting them. Early or 'new' potatoes will be more productive if chitted and it can also boost main crop varieties, which are planted later. Here's how... Read more »

Big ideas for little plots: Winter crops for cold frames

Big ideas for little plots: Winter crops for cold frames

You don't need a bevy of greenhouses to grow over winter: a frost-free cold frame (with some gentle heat or bubble-wrap protection) can still be productive. Here's three to try... Read more »

Trade secrets

Trade secrets

You don't need lots of expensive equipment to grow your own mushrooms, as enthusiast Stephen Russell shows in his book,
The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms (Storey Publishing, £17.99). Read more »

Step-by-step: Forced rhubarb

Step-by-step: Forced rhubarb

The tender flushed stems of forced rhubarb can brighten even the greyest January day. Read more »