Grow at Home

Take time out from all the pressures of the everyday by growing plants wherever you can – in your garden or on your balcony or on your window sill.
Nothing’s as satifying (or tastly) as home grown.
Concerned you couldn’t stick exactly to the sowing times or that you might now have left it too late?

Suddenly August has arrived!
But as well as tending plants you might already be growing, there are still new things you can start: sow quick maturing salad crops such as summer lettuce, radishrocket, and fennel.
New sowings of lettuce can replace earlier ones that are bolting & turning bitter.

Keep salad going when it gets cold
Now is the time to sow winter salad leaves in containers , Oriental greens are particularly useful.

Click for videoTom Brown, West Dean Gardens’ Head Gardener, shows how easy it is to sow salad leaves.

Catch up by buying small plants of winter crops, such as cabbages, broccoli, kale, chard and spinach, ready to plant out
However, you still have time to sow your own spring cabbage

Click the titles below
to see links to helpful advice & videos
those with new content are highlighted

Seed sowing techniques:
Comprehensive RHS guide

RHS guide

Successional sowing:
RHS guide

Choose your vegetables:
Individual growing guides

There’s still time to plant potatoes using late seed potatoes
Growing late season potatoes
Potato planting shown by Tom Brown, Head Gardener, West Dean Gardens

Winter salad leaves
Winter salad in containers
RHS growing guide

Herbs in containers
RHS guide with video

Choose your herbs
Guides to individual herbs

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.


Check daily in hot weather, particularly seedlings, young plants and ones that have only recently been planted out.

Click here to see two useful RHS videos on effective ways to use water:

  • Water wise – general tips
  • Water use – aimed at allotments, but useful for anyone growing vegetables.

Irregular watering can cause problems such as blossom end rot in tomatoes, powdery mildew in courgettes & cucumbers and scab in potatoes.

Get more plants for free

Semi-ripe cuttings is the way to propagate your favourite plants now they have grown on – it is particularly good for shrubs. This RHS video shows how simple it is. You don’t need a greenhouse or cold frame – a shady window sill will do.

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