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My biggest ever pumpkin
My name is John Hayes. I grew my first tomatoes when I was 9 and I have grown vegetables and fruit in North Yorkshire since 1998.

What you will find in these pages is the reality of growing (mostly heritage and traditional varieties) of vegetables on a day to day basis rather than trying to get the biggest and best yields.

I love trying out new veg and varieties and especially like producing food that doesn't normally grow in the cold and wet of Yorkshire like figs and passion fruit. I even managed to grow a reasonable crop of ginger the year before last.

I have had my fair share of both successes and failures and have even managed to grow pineapples in Yorkshire. I have yet to produce everything I need to sustain myself for the whole year but I have come pretty close on a few occasions.

I also keep a poultry including chickens, ducks, guinea fowl and quail.

I'm interested in all types of growing, including hydroponics and indoor growing and have both polytunnels or hoop houses and greenhouses.