1 Providing your soil is nice and crumbly set a line and use your hands to plant. I prefer to use a trowel. Water plants well before you start. Then turn the pot upside down and ease out the plant (here a red cabbage) with the rootball intact, into your other hand
2 Use a trowel or your hand to scoop out a planting hole the same size as the rootball and lower the plant into it
3 Push back the soil and firm the plant into position by gently pushing down around it with your hands. Water well to help the plants to establish quickly. Protect from pigeons by covering with some form of protection, such as wire cloches
The pictures have been taken at the National Trust's two-acre walled kitchen garden at Wimpole Hall, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire. The fruit and vegetables are used in the Old Rectory Restaurant and fresh flowers are cut for the floral displays in some rooms in the hall.
The garden is open from 11am to 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, admission: £2.70 adults, children free. The estate, hall and home farm also open but phone 01223 207257 (fax 207838) for details or visit www.wimpole.org
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