Grow at Home

Well into July now, but where has summer gone…
but it will get warmer & drier to tempt you into the garden

Growing plants can be really relaxing and satisfying, plus the fresh flavour of home grown produce.

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

Below you will find links to the information to help you get started and achieve the best results.

Even if you don’t have a garden, you can successfully grow plants in containers – on a patio, a balcony or a window box.

A light window sill, not exposed to too much direct sunlight, is not only good for getting seeds to germinate, but you can grow on things like herbs and salad leaves in pots, right in the kitchen, ready to pick.

Successional sowing
frequent sowing of small amounts of quick maturing crops, such as radishes, peas, lettuces & salad leaves, beetroot and carrots, will give an ongoing supply of fresh young produce without gluts.
This is particularly important for lettuce – it can easily bolt, which often gives them a bitter taste.

Time to sow

You can still sow seed of crops to harvest in the autumn and winter, such as cabbages, kale, brocolli, chard and spinach.
It is also the last chance to sow French beans.

You may be able to buy small plants, ready to plant out, of some of those things you didn’t get round to sowing, such as: courgettes, sweetcorn, runner beans and or even tomatoes and peppers.

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

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.

Crop rotation
Avoid growing the same thing in the same place year after year, as this can lead to a build-up of pests and diseases.
So, do what you can to ring the changes.
If you run out of space, there are lots of things that can be grown successfully in containers.

The Modern Kitchen Garden
Useful advice from Barry Newman, past Chairman of the National Vegetable Society, with some innovative ways of doing things.

Sow salad leaves in pots

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

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