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Many a year my neighbours are regaled by the sight of vegetable plants in among the shrubs and flowers in my front garden, even though the back garden has enough to feed a regiment. I too fall victim to the wonderful variety available, but it pays off when you get lovely surprises like the huge tubers of "Swift" potatoes which boiled and sauteed are to die for, so early in the season.
The Kenya bean "Safari" gives you basketful after basketful. Anyway, sweetcorn plants are pretty in themselves and red banaha shallots are beautiful.


  • Personally I can't see why anyone would want to devote time, space and cost to growing such tiny mini-cobs when for the same time and space they could enjoy delicious full-sized sweetcorn.

    What is the point of baby corn?
  • I agree with Adam.
    I once tried growing mini-cobs and found 2 things:
    a) a much smaller harvest overall
    b) also I forgot that you have to harvest them MUCH earlier in the season than the standard type - by the time I thought to pick them, they were already well past their best & only really good for chicken feed ...
    Last year I grew the variety Applause - Yummy!
  • Hi im new to the blog but have been reading some of the great comments and good advice so would love to come on board.I love gardening and grow flowers at home and have an allotment where i grow as much as i can .
  • some very good advice
  • i am growing sweetcorn on my allotment i am still waighting for the seeds to cum up but last year i done about ten plant they where the best on the allotment i am going to do fourty this time
  • Can you, please, post the whole list? The unlucky US gardeners can't find the magazine in our neck of the the woods (central PA).
  • I have my own gardening bisness witch sells vegetables and plants but i had a little trouble growing cauliflower. Can you give me some advice.
  • Please can you tell me where and what conditions i need to plant couliflower.
  • I have never grown sweetcorn before but inspired by Alys Fowler the Minipop sweetcorn will be going in amongst the flowers as there is no room in my mini veg plot. The "spare"cabbage that i just plonked in that border did far better last year than the ones i fussed over in the veg garden.
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