‘Electric’ onions are suitable for autumn planting.You have two choices with growing onions and shallots: you can either sow in early spring or plant as sets.
How to plant sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes that you can buy in a store are often treated to prevent them from sprouting, so it’s best to get yourself some roots sprouts or “slips” from your local gardening shop.It’ll depend on the variety you have, but you can expect about five to ten tubers per sweet potato plant.
How do watermelons grow?Unlike most crops, watermelons grow on vines that grow out of the initial sprout and can grow to be six metres long.
I’m often asked, why giant vegetables?Charlie's simple guide to growing giant vegetables1.
When planting dragon fruit, you can grow the plant from either seeds or stem cuttings.
Fuchsia magellanica often appears as an escapee in hedgerows.Photograph: Getty Images
If you are wondering who is eating all the berries of your fuchsia bush, it’s me.
Winter Density is ideal for small spaces.I love a mixture of crisp lettuce, rocket, the sweet anise of chervil, and a little mustard or mizuna.
Serried ranks of blue-green leeks are the mainstay of the winter kitchen garden.Cultivation
Leeks are one of those crops that, once established, need little time lavished upon them.
Wrinkled crinkled crumpled cress in flower.Photograph: Courtesy Alys Fowler
Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled cress: has anything ever sounded more pleasing to grow?
Almost impossibly rich in colour, the classic red beetroot is one of the most attractive crops in the vegetable garden - both on the plate and in the ground, as the leaves, too, can be highly decorative as they grow.The ancestor of the beetroot we grow today is wild sea beet, Beta vulgaris maritima, which grows along coastlines from Britain to India.
A pale-skinned beauty, Florence fennel is one of the more unusual additions to the vegetable garden.vulgare), a taller plant grown for its ferny, aromatic leaves and seeds – the ancestor of the bulb form.
If you're inclined towards melancholia, eating broad beans may give you the boost you need.) If you're still not persuaded, broad beans are extremely easy to grow, as well as being hardy enough to plant in autumn or late winter when the soil is cold, which means they will be producing food in the early-season ‘hungry gap' before other crops mature.