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Summer GYO advice

Martyn Cox shares his advice for peak summer Grow Your Own success to keep your plot productive.

sticky pear cake

Sticky pear cake

Use up a few juicy, homegrown pears and make a scrumptious, sticky pear cake with this easy recipe from Jean Vernon.

Quince fruit

What can you do with quinces?

Royal Kitchen Garden Keeper at Hampton Court Palace Vicki Cooke explores the history and uses of the fascinating quince


Growing apples

If there’s one fruit that’s suited to our inclement weather, it’s the apple, says former Royal Kitchen Garden Keeper at Hampton Court Palace, Vicki Cooke.

Are trees good for the birds?

There is something magical about watching birds feed in your own garden. But it’s not just about putting out bird food. What we grow in our gardens can be a vital lifeline too. As winter approaches there is much we can do to help wildlife get through the cold bleak months.

ripe figs on tree

Grow figs in the UK

Vicki Cooke unravels some of the mysteries and historical facts about growing figs in Britain

Keep your veg garden productive

With a little care and attention you can keep all your herbs, fruit and vegetables at the peak of perfection, Martyn Cox offers some timely advice

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Easy fruit for beginners

Want to grow your own fruit, but not sure where to start? Jean Vernon picks five fruits that are really easy to grow and will give you a great crop year after year.

vegetables and flowers in mixed border

Grow attractive edibles

In his Grow-Your-Own feature Martyn Cox recommends plants that look good and taste great.

What’s seasonal in the late summer garden?

Tamsin Westhorpe reminds us why September is a month to savour and celebrate. Late flowering perennials and seasonal fruit take her fancy.

My Flower Power Story

Expert gardener Martin Fish has been working in the garden industry for more than forty years. He has been using Richard’s Flower Power plant food in his garden on a wide range of flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Ripening raspberries on the bush

Extending the grow-your-own season

Early September is the time to crack on with harvesting tomatoes, courgettes, peppers and other tender vegetables & fruit that you’ve been growing outside.

What is companion planting?

Some plants offer additional benefits when grown in close proximity with others. Jean Vernon explores

Grow Your Own

Summer advice to get the best from your home-grown fruit, vegetables and herbs

How to keep growing home-grown food

If you are growing your own food for the first time Martyn Cox offers his timely tips and advice to get the best from your crops

Sweet treats for garden visitors

Make a high tea for a special friend, or bake a cake for a birthday, Geoff Stonebanks shares two of his most popular open garden day recipes

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How to Grow Your Own Food

Martyn Cox helps you start growing your own fruit, herbs and vegetables in your own garden, with lots of timely tips and advice.

Where can I taste mulberries?

What’s red in tooth and paw? Vicki Cooke unearths and explores the myth and magic of mulberries

Funky tomatoes

Here’s a sneak preview of some sumptuous, funky tomatoes that will be on show at the 2019 RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Plant a tree for life

The tree you choose to plant will make an impact on lives, so Tamsin Westhorpe is keen that you choose it wisely


Growing melons

Tips and advice on growing melons from Hampton Court’s Kitchen Garden keeper, Vicki Cooke.

My Flower Power story

Flower Power helped us win three garden competitions this season, says award winning garden owners Alex Redfern and Joe Shannon

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What sort of strawberries should I grow?

I was once party to a late night student debate about the most perfect fruit. The eventual winner was the strawberry, because of its mouth sized portions, no peel or core to deal with, no need for preparation or condiments and so sweetly delicious I have never met anyone who claims to dislike them. To […]

Rhubarb knickerbocker glory.

Rose and rhubarb knickerbocker glory

Here’s a recipe for a delicious dessert: rose and rhubarb knickerbocker glory; a.k.a rose and rhubarb ice cream sundae. It’s an easy-to-make pudding!

How can I grow crops out of season?

Vicki Cooke, kitchen garden keeper at the Royal Hampton Court Palace, reveals some historical tricks of the trade to force plants into growth out of season


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