Lesley Upton

Sow more sweet peas

I sowed my first batch of sweet peas back in the autumn and now, at the tail-end of winter, I am starting a second batch. Although sweet peas are hardy,…

How to prune autumn raspberries

We had a bumper crop of raspberries last year and I’m hoping to get the same result in 2018. The summer-fruiting canes were cut back after they cropped, and January…

Crop rotation – why and how

If you’ve ever looked at a burgeoning allotment site crammed with serried ranks of fabulous veggies and wondered ‘how did they do that?’, the answer is probably crop rotation. It’s…

Preparing your soil for sowing

The secrets to successful growing are healthy, nutrient-rich soil and crop rotation, so this week I have been preparing and warming my soil and thinking about what crops to grow…

AG cover Jan 20 2018

In Amateur Gardening 20 January 2018 we look at gorgeous primulas: 16 fantastic varieties for your borders. Plus six of the very best RHS AGM potatoes.

How to tidy up the strawberry patch

We had a relatively mild autumn here in the south and my strawberry plants have kept on growing and, amazingly, producing flowers and even fruit. These need to be removed…

How to dig in autumn’s green manures

I sowed a batch of green manure in the autumn to help replenish the soil in our raised beds after their contents – onions, shallots, broad beans – had been…