The VEGGIE garden
Sow seed of annual cut-and-come-again or quick-maturing leafy herbs like coriander, rocket and cress. Chill parsley seed before sowing.
Grow baby tomatoes (above) as they are very rewarding and prolific. Feed them as well as aubergines, peppers and chillies.
Try planting strawberries in hanging baskets.
Plant fennel and dill but well away from each other. They’ll attract bees and add texture with their feathery foliage.
Dig broad beans into the ground or add them to your compost; they’ll enrich the soil with nitrogen, which benefits leafy vegetables like Swiss chard, cabbages and broccoli.
Put up a tepee or netting for climbing beans, or interplant with sunflowers or sweet corn which will provide support. Gem squash can also be trained along a support. Keep citrus trees well-watered.
Put out sugar bait for fruit fly near baby marrow, patty pans, butternuts, gem squash and pumpkins. See page 105 for home-made insect traps.