Heritage seeds

Heritage seeds

Pssst, want to buy some seeds?

It's illegal to buy or sell them, but that doesn't stop fans such as Tom Aikens indulging. Susan Low delves into the shadowy world of heritage vegetables. And find out where you can find heritage seeds.

Grow your own

Grow your own

Planting guide

A quick guide to when to plant vegetables and herbs, and when to harvest.

 

GYO guide

GYO guide

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Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own

Get ready to grow

When thinking about which crops to grow, remember that the best value comes from crops that are expensive to buy in the shops, difficult to find, or simply have more vibrancy and taste when picked fresh. And these aren’t necessarily the most difficult to grow...

Grow your own herbs

Grow your own herbs

Herbs around the garden

Perennial herbs (ones that carry on growing from year to year) are simple to grow and terrific value. They’re also an ideal grow-your-own crop as the volatile oils in herb leaves are easily destroyed by handling and storing, so they’re at their best when picked fresh.

Growing in beds

Growing in beds

Planting a veggie bed

A small, narrow veggie bed isn't nearly as daunting as a large vegetable plot. Packed full, it can be amazingly productive and an attractive garden feature in its own right. Crops that grow in containers will usually do equally well – if not better – in a bed.

 

Growing in pots

Growing in pots

Planting in pots

The most convenient way of growing a few crops is in pots or containers – no digging needed, nor much space. With luck, they’ll fit just outside the kitchen door. Good crops for pots include baby salad leaves, strawberries and oregano.

Grow your own

Grow your own

Growing along a fence

Home-grown fruit tastes incomparably better than fruit from shops because you can pick it when it’s really ripe. It doesn’t have to survive on the supermarket shelf – it only has to make it up the garden path!
 

Home grown

Home grown

Grow your own veg

Growing your own veg is stress-free and can be extremely productive

When to plant what

What to plant in May

How about some colourful and spicy additions to your garden and kitchen – tomatoes, peppers and fragrant coriander – all of which you can plant in early spring.

When to plant what

What to plant in June

Now’s the time to sow courgettes, squash, carrots and basil...

When to plant what

What to plant in July

Summer has officially arrived – and now’s the time to plant new potatoes, parsley and kale.

When to plant what

What to plant in August

Under the spotlight in August is decorative and tasty leaves for your salads, such as chard, health-boosting spinach and aromatic chervil.

When to plant what

What to plant in September

As we wave a fond farewell to summer, September is a time to plant garlic for next spring and Oriental salads to enjoy throughout autumn.

When to plant what

What to plant in October

Plant fruit now for your own fresh summer berries. Meanwhile, winter is on the way, so protect your pots.

When to plant what

What to plant in November

Redcurrants provide fruit for summers to come, while micro salad leaves can be ready in less than a month.

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