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Grow at Home

Autumn blew in even before September arrived!
But even as the season slows down, there’s still many things you can be growing and you can get started on if you are not growing anything yet.
Now is the time to be planting bulbs to flower in the spring (but leave tulips until late October/early November).
Plant them in flower beds, to naturalise in grass, in a gravel garden; but you don’t even need a garden, as they grow very well and look good in containers.
Click the link “Plant spring bulbs” below to find out exactly how to do it.
Strawberries taste best picked straight from the plant. You can plant bare rooted plants now (from reputable suppliers on the internet), so they can get established before winter; or you can buy potted plants in the spring.
Find out how to grow strawberries in a garden or a container on a patio or balcony.

Keep salad going when it gets cold…
by sowing winter salad leaves in containers, Oriental greens are particularly useful; you still have time to sow quick maturing salad crops such as radish, and some varieties of lettuce
to replace earlier sowings that are bolting & turning bitter. 
Lamb’s lettuce
(corn salad) will continue to grow outside in the winter.

Click for videoTom Brown, West Dean Gardens’ Head Gardener, shows how to sow salad leaves in pots.

You can still grow winter crops, such as cabbages, broccoli, kale, chard and spinach,  by buying small plants, either in plant centres or on-line, ready to plant out.
However, you still have time to grow your own spring cabbage, spinach and perpetual spinach (spinach beet) from seed, ready for next spring.

Click the titles below
to see links to helpful advice & videos

Planting bulbs in borders
RHS video

Planting bulbs in grass
RHS illustrated guide

Layering bulbs in a pot
Gardeners’ World video

10 of the best bulbs for pots
from Gardeners’ World

Winter salad leaves
Winter salad in containers
RHS growing guide

Herbs in containers
RHS guide with video

Choose your herbs
Guides to individual herbs

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

Seed sowing techniques:
Comprehensive RHS guide

Transplanting:
RHS guide

Successional sowing:
RHS guide

Choose your vegetables:
Individual growing guides

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.

Get more plants for free

Semi-ripe cuttings are the way to propagate your favourite plants at this stage in their growth – it is particularly good for shrubs.
This RHS video shows just how straightforward it is.
You don’t need a greenhouse or cold frame – a window sill out of direct sun will do.

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