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Dramatic price increases for food are obviously beginning to bite. More and more of us are turning over areas of our back gardens for vegetable growing, for both cost saving and environmental reasons.

As growing fruit and veg in your own back garden could be a little daunting for the first-time grower, Fairfield has listed some key tips to help you on your way. You can also email us with any questions about soil condition, the suitability of growing fruit & veg with our compost etc. Email:

Top Tips

Soil nutrition is absolutely vital for good, healthy plant growth and yields. Firstly, check the condition of your soil. Is it dry and sandy (leading to poor water retention), or clay-based (causing soil compaction)? Fairfield's compost is incredibly versatile and improves the condition of all soil types. A four-fold increase in worm activity can be expected if you use Fairfield's compost.

Continue to compost your own non-cooked, non-dairy food and garden waste and apply it to your garden.

It may seem like an obvious thing to state but grow the things you like to eat. You'll appreciate the abundant  crops of produce even more.

It's not too late to start growing all the nation's favourites as well as a few exotic, costlier items we usually buy in from abroad.

Don't plant all your seeds at one time. Salads and herbs grow quickly in the summer. Therefore, plant your seeds at say fortnightly intervals to avoid a bombardment of these items at one time. Lettuces and courgettes are fabulous, first-time things to grow. They are so easy, they'll give you a boost and they'll make the complete novice feel like an accomplished expert.

Water regularly during the summer. You need water every day - so do your plants. WARNING: Don't over-water. It kills the roots. Oh, and make sure you have some water buddies to do the task when you're away on holiday.

Start developing your own leaf mould. It really does have some mysterious magical properties to help your plants to fight off disease. Scientists are still trying to work out why. On a more practical level leaf mould is great when mixed with compost and/or soil to develop your seeds, and for holding water. Admittedly, it takes a couple of years to fully break down, but once you've started the cycle of annual leaf collection and bagging, you'll have a fantastic plant nurturing product for life.

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