Straw bale gardening is something John Mason from ACS in Australia has come across a number of times in his years in horticulture. The technique involves making a straw bale very wet; dig a small hole in the top and fill with soil and then plant your plants. John believes it’s a great way of growing vegetables and herbs.

Using a small paint brush Lucy Chamberlain who gardens at East Donyland Hall in Fingerginghoe, Essex is hand pollinating strawberries, peaches and nectarines in the gardens. To prevent diseases the fruits are covered with polythene which protects them by stops nature doing its work as she explained to Ken Crowther.

As summer approaches it is the time to think about growing fruit. Keen fruit grower Lucy Chamberlain shared her tips and advice with Ken Crowther on how to get the best results when growing fruit in your garden.

Bees are essential to the survival of the human race by pollinating fruits and vegetables. However, they are in danger of disappearing from the environment due to change in farming methods and the use of pesticides. Ken Crowther has been finding out more.