Posts Tagged ‘grow your own’

How To Plant & Grow Asparagus Crowns

March 9th, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Young asparagus crowns growing in raised bedsAsparagus is a very satisfying vegetable to grow in your own garden. But it does take time & patience to grow. In this short post, we will guide you through planting Mr Fothergill’s asparagus. 

  • Take the asparagus crowns from the sealed bag.
  • Make a trench, it must be wide enough to spread the roots out and give them room to grow. The trench must also be about 20 cm deep.
  • Within the trench, you’ll need to create a small ridge so that the asparagus can sit on top of these. The roots can then spread down the side.
  • Fill the trench back in and firm it down. It’s that easy!

Asparagus can take another two years to get a full harvest – but it’s worth the wait! If you have any further tips on planting and growing asparagus crowns, then you can let us know on this blog or over on our social media. You can buy our asparagus crowns on Mr Fothergill’s website here.

How To Plant & Grow Asparagus Crowns


Springtime gardening by the sea

April 22nd, 2015 | Garden Diaries | 0 Comments

raised beds in this Incredible Edible Ilfracombe garden

Springtime has seen steady progress at the Incredible Edible Ilfracombe Community Garden; Laston Green.

The polytunnel in IlfracombeWe signed ourselves up to participate in The Big Dig with just a couple of weeks notice of the late-March nationwide event.  It was a great opportunity to get some muscle power in for help with some of the manual work, and to involve more local families.

There has been quite a bit of basic grounds maintenance to do with such a large plot of land, and there are so many ideas on how to best use the space that we would like to see come to fruition.  The best place to start was to assemble a working party and get everyone to roll up their sleeves.

We enlisted the adults to clear space for our individual raised beds.   These are aimed as ‘starter plots’ for small families who would like to have a go at Grow Your Own, without the size commitment of an allotment.   On the site, the polytunnel is now ready to be occupied by many tomato, cucumber and pepper plants.  Our fruit trees were pruned back to a more manageable hedgerow, and the raised beds were filled with soil and compost ready for their new caretakers.

image2Throughout the day children were kept occupied with a range of craft and sowing activities, planting out Aguadulce Broad Beans sowing and painting paper-plate sunflowers.

It was a hard working day for all in order to get the plot into shape in such a short space of time and Harry, our youngest ‘big’ volunteer, showed true commitment to the cause and kept on digging until every else had left!

Meanwhile, our fortnightly pre-school gardening club have been learning about seedlings.   The group created window greenhouses to watch the seeds burst from their shells and turn into a seedling.   The children have also been kept busy making miniature bug hotels to take home to see which mini beasts choose to move in.   There has also been lots of sowing, with plenty of tomato, bell pepper and cucumber seeds started off.

With the longer days and summer around the corner we have lots to look forward to from participating within local events, harvesting our summer fruits and forward planning for the months to come.



Mr Fothergill’s have supplied the Incredible Edible pre-school garden club in Ilfracombe with all the seeds they need to produce a really productive school garden this year.  The Incredible Edible pre-school gardening blog posts are written by parent Lindsay Derbyshire who also co-ordinates Incredible Edible Ilfracombe.  Find out more about Incredible Edible on their Facebook page 

The low down on urban homesteading

July 2nd, 2014 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Urban homesteadingWatch this video and learn about urban homesteading.  You can live more sustainably, even in an urban environment.  Use your patio spaces, windowsills, reconsider that lawn space and swap out some flowers in those flower beds and grow veg instead.

Compost your kitchen waste, save rainwater and remember to reduce, reuse and recycle as often as you can to reduce your impact on the environment and to provide your kitchen with tasty fruit and vegetables.

Urban gardens are often warmer than plots in more exposed environments in the countryside and so, along with a range of cloches and coldframes you can enjoy a long growing season just outside the back door.

If you would like to see what you can achieve in the garden space you have, try our Garden Planner and see what you might be able to grow in your plot.

The new exhibition vegetable seed range from Mr Fothergill’s

February 6th, 2014 | News, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Beetroot Pablo F1 from the new range of vegetable seeds from Mr Fothergill'sMr Fothergill’s has launched a range of seed of vegetables suitable for exhibition work.  The 16 varieties chosen for the collection are all highly regarded by gardeners who like to grow with the show bench in mind.

The company believes many more vegetable growers are becoming interested in showing their produce.  “Growing for showing is becoming increasingly popular, often with gardeners who just want to enter the spirit of their local show and compete with their friends for fun,” says the company’s Ian Cross.

Mr Fothergill’s stresses, however, these are not giant vegetables, with the exception of Pumpkin Atlantic Giant, but normal sized varieties specially chosen for their shape, uniformity and all-round quality.  And if the crops produced do not make it to the local horticultural show, the varieties chosen have the advantage of great flavour, so will be welcome in the kitchen.

Each packet has its own distinctive style, and all the varieties are displayed in a block on Mr Fothergill’s seed stands in retail outlets and garden centres around the UK.

The carefully chosen exhibition vegetable seed selection includes  Runner Bean Benchmaster, Onion Vento F1, Beetroot Pablo F1 (pictured here) and Leek Cairngorm F1 which are also available online via the website.