Vegetables cut carbon emissions and stock kitchens

One professional gardener intends to make full use of his greenhouses and glasshouses this year to grow vegetables.

Speaking to the Times, Glyn Jones, head gardener at Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire, explained that he hopes to develop a "kitchen garden".

"Were trying to reduce our carbon footprint in the garden and, this year, were looking forward to getting a kitchen garden going," he explained.

However, those new to vegetable growing have been urged to start simple with their first crop of the New Year.

Dave Fox, of the Trumpington Allotments Society, claimed that broad beans or tomatoes are a good choice.

He told Cambridge News: "Plant them in February or March and theyre pretty much a guaranteed crop come June."

Mr Jones added that he hopes to supply all the vegetables for his kitchen through the garden, but will be starting with "salads, beans, asparagus and herbs".