Home Mark Diacono Mark Diacono Mark Diacono is an award-winning farmer and writer who grows edibles, usual and unusual, at his home in Devon — www.otterfarm.co.uk. Follow Mark Diacono How to grow chillies in Britain: What to plant, where to plant them and how to make them grow We associate chillies with hot climates, but they can be grown on these shores — Mark Diacono explains how. How to grow your own apricots and enjoy 'deep, honeyed richness' far beyond what you'll find in the shops Mark Diacono hasn't eaten a fresh apricot from a supermarket in years — here are his tips on how to grow them for yourself. The wonders of Carolina allspice: Used to scent a garden, a kitchen, or even your cleavage The top salad leaves to grow in your garden for summer garnishes Mark Diacono tells us his top salads to plant to accompany barbecues this summer season. The simple guide to growing your own grapes If you pick the right variety and get the conditions spot on, you'll be eating your own grapes under the shade of your own vine in three years, says Mark Diacono. Cultivating mint: What varietals to plant, where to plant them and whether they should be used for jelly or juleps Mark Diacono explains why mint is for even the incurably incompetent horticultural enthusiast. How to enjoy home-grown berries for seven months of the year Mark Diacono offers us some berry good advice for enjoying our breakfast favourites, whatever the season. The delicious salad leaves to try in your garden that keep on giving with ‘cut and grow’ Pulling up entire salad plants seems like madness once you've moved on to 'cut and grow again' as Mark Diacono explains. Rhubarb: The pink promise of spring Mark Diacono extolls the virtues homegrown rhubarb and reveals how to get the best out of your crop.