Ian Paton of the famous Paton twins discusses what goes into growing as he and his brother strive to create the world’s largest pumpkin. Plus Peter Seabrook explains how LED lights can be used to accelerate growth in your garden.
This month on the Kings Seed Plot a combination of favourable weather and the skilled hand of Andrew Tokely means it’s been a good year for growing vegetables. He told Ken Crowther the secret was ensuring the ground has been dug over in the autumn allowing it to hold onto the moisture and not dry out.
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.
Ken Crowther has been back to the fruit farms of Wilkin and Sons in Tiptree as he tries to escape the frost and cold. He met up with Andre at the new growing system the company has been installing over the last year. Andre explained to Ken how the poly tunnel will work in the future.
The team at Thompson & Morgan have been looking ahead to 2017 and the vegetables which gardeners will be planting in the new year. Colin Randall or ‘Spud’ as he is known is the vegetable man at Thompson & Morgan he spoke to Ken Crowther about planting for the year ahead.