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Wesley Burton

Nottingham, East Midlands, United Kingdom

Wesley Burton is a man who does not do things by halves. He first started growing figs just a few years ago but now describes his collection as including a few hundred varieties. As all growers know, though, he couldn’t stop there and soon branched out into tomatoes. His plan consists of 66 pots in a 400-litre self-watering system this year. Wes’ whole process will be very familiar to those of us with indoor growing experience – he grows on an allotment but prefers his polytunnel’s controlled environment to produce the perfect fruits. One look at his Instagram profile reveals a growing environment expertly planned and managed to maximise output in a way many of us only dream about. Social media has been central to Wes’ development as a gardener. He is one of the new and expanding breeds who use the internet to discover new plants and meet other growers to share knowledge. Some things never change, though; despite his relatively high-tech approach, Wes describes the time spent at his allotment as a chance to become engrossed with the simplest of tasks, with no deadlines to work with other than the season we have. Amen to that.

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Vegetable grower, natural beekeeper and edible spaces designer. Lover of all soil and urban farming techniques. Former head of growing at Incredible Aquagarden.