How to grow sweet peppers
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by Lee Senior
3w ago
Sweet peppers are relatively easy to grow from seed and you don’t necessarily need a greenhouse to produce a successful crop. In fact you can grow them in a container on a sunny patio or in a warm conservatory. We asked experienced allotment grower Lee Senior for his advice on growing sweet peppers at home. Here are his top tips. Browse our full range of sweet pepper seeds for inspiration. How to choose the best sweet pepper variety to grow  Whether you have a small veg patch, a couple of patio containers, or an allotment like me, there are lots of sweet pepper varieties from which to cho ..read more
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Growing food to share: 4 quick tips
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by Kim Stoddart
3w ago
Saving money by growing your own food is a great way to stretch your budget and, if you can, it’s always worth producing a little extra to give to friends and neighbours. The idea of bartering, swapsies and shares has long been a fundamental part of allotment-style growing. Whether it’s a few surplus vegetable plants left on a friend’s doorstep, or some freshly-picked fruit and veg for an elderly neighbour to enjoy, gardening writer Kim Stoddart has come up with four easy ideas for caring and sharing… 1. Sow extra trays of easy, fast-cropping plants Fast-growing and delicious, these salad leav ..read more
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Best expert advice on growing broccoli
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by Suttons Horticultural Team
3w ago
Broccoli is one of the most nutritious and versatile vegetables you can grow, and there’s a wealth of independent online advice to help you succeed. Here, we’ve brought together our favourite video tutorials, expert articles and Instagram posts to help you harvest delicious homegrown broccoli almost all year round.  Whether you prefer to sow your own broccoli seeds or order broccoli plants, these expert tips will help you produce a plentiful crop that’s so much tastier than anything you can buy in the supermarket. This article was reviewed by the Suttons horticultural team and updated on ..read more
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How to grow carrots
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by Lee Senior
1M ago
Sowing and growing carrot seeds is a quick and easy way to produce a healthy crop of delicious roots. The most important part of the process is preparing the soil. We asked experienced allotment grower Lee Senior for his top tips on how to grow long straight carrots while deterring the dreaded pest – carrot fly. Here’s his tried-and-tested advice.  Browse our full range of carrot seeds for inspiration. Choosing the best carrot variety to grow I enjoy growing early and out of season crops where possible. My go-to choice for early sowings is Carrot ‘Amsterdam Forcing 3’. As the name implies ..read more
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How to grow broad beans
Suttons Blog » Vegetable Growing
by Lee Senior
2M ago
There’s nothing better than a crop of tender and tasty home grown broad beans! Easy to grow from seed, high yielding, and early to crop, there’s no wonder that this popular vegetable is such a hit with home growers. You can even grow some varieties in a patio container. We asked experienced allotmenteer Lee Senior for his best broad bean advice. Here are his top tips.  Browse our full range of broad bean seeds for inspiration. Choosing the best broad bean variety to grow By far the hardiest and reliable broad bean I’ve ever grown is ‘Aquadulce Claudia’. This variety also has a fantastic ..read more
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How to grow sweet potatoes
Suttons Blog » Vegetable Growing
by Lee Senior
3M ago
Originating from Central and South America, sweet potatoes are large, starchy, sweet-tasting tubers packed with goodness. High in fibre, vitamins and minerals yet low in calories, the sweet potato is an unsung superfood that will happily thrive in the UK climate.  Here, experienced allotment grower Lee Senior generously shares practical tips to help you grow these attractive, nutrient-rich vegetables at home. Browse our full range of sweet potatoes if you’re tempted to have a go. What is a sweet potato?  Unlike regular potatoes that belong to the nightshade family, sweet potato plant ..read more
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Guide to companion planting
Suttons Blog » Vegetable Growing
by Lee Senior
3M ago
Plants are like people, they prefer good company, and companion planting is simply about growing the right plants beside one another so that each benefits from its neighbour. We asked experienced allotment grower, Lee Senior, for his top tips on what to grow with your vegetable plants to keep pests at bay. Here’s his expert advice. This article was reviewed by the Suttons horticultural team and updated on 2 April 2024. How does companion planting work? Companion planting works in several ways: Masking: Pests like carrot fly rely on smell to find their host plant. Some companion plants help to ..read more
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Best expert advice on how to grow potatoes
Suttons Blog » Vegetable Growing
by Suttons Horticultural Team
4M ago
To help you grow your own potatoes, we’ve assembled some of the best expert tips while busting some of the myths that make potato growing sound complicated. Potatoes are one of the easiest, most economical and most bountiful crops that any gardener can grow, whether you have a tiny balcony or the luxury of a large allotment. Here’s your ultimate guide – from choosing the best seed potatoes through to harvesting and storing your spuds. This article was reviewed by the Suttons horticultural team and updated on 21 December 2023. Contents Best advice on chitting potatoes Best advice on how to pla ..read more
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How to grow courgettes
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by Annelise Brilli
5M ago
Expensive to buy but a cinch to grow, courgettes are one of the most rewarding crops. Whether sowing courgette seed or buying courgette plants, there’s a wide range of sizes and habits suited to every growing space – from compact varieties for patio containers to trailing types for large plots. With an array of funky colours and shapes to choose from, they also make a fun growing project for children.  This fast-growing vegetable easily produces impressive harvests and offers an abundance of tasty recipes for the whole family. Here’s everything you need to know about growing your own cour ..read more
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Best expert advice on growing carrots
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by Andrew
8M ago
Carrots aren’t the easiest crop to grow, but with a few tips from these carefully chosen garden bloggers, YouTubers and Instagram growers, you’re sure to have a successful harvest. One of the most versatile vegetables in the garden, carrots are equally delicious raw in summer salads or slow-cooked in winter stews. If you’ve struggled to get your seeds to germinate or keep your crop free of carrot fly, you’ve come to the right place! Browse our full range of carrot seeds for inspiration. Contents: Best advice on preparing the soil for carrots Best advice on sowing and germinating carrot seeds ..read more
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