How to grow Lemon

Lemons can make excellent houseplants and will be comfortable in a container as long it provides adequate drainage and room for growth. Heights of around 3-5 feet tall can be expected...

How to grow Bay

Bay tolerates both sun and shade, and will grow in any soil providing it isn’t too wet. Position in a sheltered spot as the leaves can be scorched by cold winds...


Raise any containers not already on feet or bricks to protect them from the cold and lag them with bubble wrap or straw and hessian; even hardy plants need protection in really cold weather.


Carry on with pruning apple and pear trees, red and white currants and gooseberries. Keep the centre of the tree or bush open to let in the maximum amount of light and to allow air to circulate freely.

How to grow plums

Among stone fruits, plums are the easiest to grow in Britain. Picking your own tasty plums is a real garden luxury – they’re perfect for training to grow against a wall or fence.


Rhubarb is a rhizomatous perennial whose leafstalks (technically leaf petioles but often referred to as ‘sticks’ or 'stems') are grown as a vegetable but used mainly as a dessert. It crops over a long period...

How to grow pear

Bare rooted trees need to be planted between December and early March, when they are in their period of dormancy. Alternatively you can plant out ready-grown, potted trees...