North-east Wales set for market garden culture

Gardeners in north-east Wales should aim to create a market garden culture by using their greenhouses and land to grow fruit, veg and herbs to take to market.

That is the opinion of local gardening expert Stephen Green, who believes there is scope for making money in rural Wales by taking your hobby to the next level.

"Ive been trying to get the Denbigh plum reintroduced," he said.

"Fruits perish quickly and you cant store them but theres a new fashion for the old techniques of jam-making, bottling and preserving, and plums.

"This area could support soft fruits such as raspberries and blackcurrants which are very hardy. Theres plenty of scope for growing herbs such as parsley, thyme and water cress as well."

Gardeners considering taking up Mr Greens idea may consider investing in a quality greenhouse to help boost production.

The Suns gardening experts Steve and Val Bradley used yesterdays (January 7th) paper to remind gardeners not to ignore their gardens just because it was cold outside.