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Can you really grow exotic fruits outdoors in Britain with any real chance of success? By that I mean in the hope and expectation of a half-way decent return – a heavenly bowl of juicy peaches, say, not just one hard specimen every other year.

Well, certainly that depends on where you live. Londoners and south-west dwellers with their own microclimate have long been able to produce grapes good enough to brew their own vintages and a clutch of apricots and nectarines. But what about the rest of us? With gardening catalogues oozing tempting photographs of kiwi fruits and luscious melons, it would be nice to think we can grow these as easily as we can tomatoes, but the reality is somewhat more complex.