Growing’s no pain


IF you have ever fancied growing your own vegetables, but didn’t know where to start, then help is at hand.

The Master Gardeners project, in association with the Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Fund, has come to the Market Rasen.

By signing up to the project, novice growers will be assigned a garden guru to provide 12 months of free advice and support with food growing.

Three local growers – Ian Hilton, Mike O’Connor and Amanda O’Connor – have agreed to mentor anyone who would like to get back to basics and grow their own food.

Ian has been a keen grower since he was a lad, but what really fired his enthusiasm was his teacher at secondary school at Caistor.

“I had one of the best gardening teachers – Mr Smith of Tealby – who taught me most of what I know about pruning etc,” he said.

Mike has also been involved in growing since leaving school and has always grown vegetables wherever he has lived over the years.

But for both of them, the seed was sown when they were handed over a small area of garden to tend by their fathers.

“It is so good to encourage children to grow things as it sets a pattern for life,” said Mike.

Now this wealth of knowledge will be helping others in the Rasen area.

And it doesn’t matter what size of garden you have, you can even grow vegetables in pots.

Once you have registered for the scheme you will receive a free growing pack and then Ian, Mike or Amanda will come along and give you advice and encouragement on what would be suitable to grow.

For more information on the scheme, call the Master Gardener volunteer co-ordinator for Garden Organic Rick Aron on 07584 474779 or log on to

The scheme is supported by the NHS and councils across Lincolnshire to promote the benefits of growing your own food.