Grow Your Own the Lancashire way

Malcolm Greenhalgh
Malcolm Greenhalgh

For the first time, here’s a guide on how to succeed growing fruit and vegetables specifically in the North West.

Lancashire author Malcolm Greenhalgh, who studied biology at Lancaster University, has been gardening since his grandfather gave him a hoe when he was 12.

For the next 60 years, his expertise and enthusiasm grew along with the plants in his gardens and allotments, and now he has drawn on his experiences to write this unique book.

Malcolm said: “ I am a big fan of Gardeners’ Question Time but over the years I have become more and more exasperated by the southern bias of this and nearly every other gardening programme or magazine. So I decided to balance things out a bit and write for us northern gardeners, sharing advice and tips on how to get the best from the land in Lancashire.”

Whether you want to know how to deal with clay soil, which varieties of plants to choose for best results in your area or when to sow and harvest different crops, this is a great book to refer to.

It’s aimed at all ages and abilities with tips on how to involve children and grandchildren in growing successfully in the county’s specific soils and climate.

All shapes and sizes of growing spaces are covered from allotments to window sills and the book also includes rediscovered Lancashire varieties of fruit and vegetables.

Grow Your Own in Lancashire is available from booksellers and garden centres, or from the publishers on 01524 840111 or at