Grow at Home

Don’t let the wind and rain of October deter you!
There’s plenty of gardening to keep you active – looking after any winter crops, making preparations for next spring and there are some things you can be sowing right now.

When planning what you want to grow, remember to avoid planting the same crops in the same place year after year, which can lead to a build up of pests and diseases. Instead, try to follow crop rotation as best you ca

There’s such a wide choice of things you can grow, depending on the time and space you have available.

Start planning what you want to grow next year – some crops are even best sown in the autumn:

growing guides for individual veg

Kale - click to see more

Keep salad going… even when it gets cold by sowing winter salad leaves in pots – oriental greens are particularly useful.

Click for video Tom Brown, Head Gardener at West Dean Gardens, shows how.

Lamb’s lettuce (corn salad) will continue to grow outside throughout winter – just protect from harsh frosts with a layer of fleece.

Pot up herbs, such as chives, mint, parsley and tarragon, if you have them growing outside, and bring them inside to grow on and use through the winter. A well lit kitchen window sill would be convenient.

You may be still able to buy small plants, ready to plant out, of some autumn and winter crops, such as: kale, broccoli, chard, spinach, and cabbages, if you didn’t get round to sowing them earlier.

Now is a good time to plant garlic.

How to go about it

Click the boxes below to access the information you need:

Preparation, sowing & after-care:
Comprehensive guide
from the RHS
Illustrated guide
fom Gardeners’ World

Growing salad leaves
Gardeners’ World guide

Cut and come again
RHS guide

Herbs in containers
RHS guide with video

Choose your herbs
Guides to individual herbs

Seed sowing techniques:
Comprehensive RHS guide

Transplanting:
RHS guide

Successional sowing:
RHS guide

Choose your vegetables:
Individual growing guides

A guide to
Potatoes for Christmas
by the RHS

West Dean Gardens video
Planting potatoes
by Head Gardener, Tom Brown

Another way to grow potatoes
Growing potatoes in bags
from Barry Newman’s talk

Comprehensive guide
How to grow potatoes
from Gardeners’ World

look at some activities from
RHS Schoolgardening

for instance, enchanting…
Miniature Gardens

or choose something that will produce results quickly, such as cut and come again salad leaves.

Sow broad beans nowfor an early crop:

  • either directly into well prepared soil (Aquadulce Claudia is good for this);
  • or in pots/modules under cover, which prevents the seed from being eaten by mice or voles and allows planting out at the right spacing in early spring.

The Modern Kitchen Garden

Useful advice from Barry Newman, past Chairman of the National Vegetable Society, with some innovative ways of growing vegetables.

Strawberries
taste best picked directly from the plant. Grow them planted in the garden or in containers on a patio or balcony.
You can plant out bare-rooted plants now (obtain from reputable suppliers on the internet), so they can start to get established before winter, or purchase potted plants in the spring.

to see advice on other
things to do now, go to
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