Growing for show

Growing your own food is one of life's great pleasures, and like most good things, it's worth doing well. A great way of measuring your progress is to pit yourself against the old-timers - producers of football-sized onions and metre-long carrots.

It takes courage to exhibit your produce,

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Protect tender perennials

Protect delicate plants like cistus, fuchsias and penstemons by tucking bracken or straw around their bases to keep the worst of the frost off. Don't trim off dead top growth till next spring either: this also lends the roots some protection against freezing in the coldest weather.

The Hertfordshire Garden Centre

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