How To Start Veg Growing

Hi all

Desided to take the plunge to try grow own veg..Could any one give me some advice please as the best way to start. not sure what to sow first at this time of year. i Probebly grow in pots or very small garden soil i beleive is clay like..i would value all your advice.thanks



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,087

    If you are planting in soil it will need preparing first. Dig in some manure and/or compost. This will help if it's clay and provide nourishment. I wouldn't sow anything yet, but I expect someone will disagree. Wait until the ground warms up. In the meantime, if budget allows, buy a good book about growing vegetables and read it. Think what you would like to grow and look each veg up on the internet and learn when to sow, fertilise, thin out etc. Some things grow very well in pots, such as tomatoes like Tumbling Tom, strawberries specially for pots, spring onions, dwarf runner beans, such as Hestia, carrots (as they like light soils, not clay).

  • jon lets just say modest budget at moment


  • thank you Busy-Lizzie. excellent advise and appreciate names of Toms strawbs etc.going to get hold of soil Ph kit..what ive read, knowing Ph will help. my soil needs a good working


  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    The Edible Container Garden by Michael Guerra is a comprehensive and inspirational guide to what veg can be grown in tight spaces. Alys Fowler's pretty good on this too, and always has tips on thrift.
  • Caz WCaz W Posts: 1,353

    Hi Tony, I've learned a lot reading all the threads on this site and I'm sure once the sowing season is in full swing there'll be plenty of information about what we should be doing day by day.   I'll be watching for hints and tips on growing trailing cherry tomatoes in containers which is new to me this year.  Happy reading image

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,929

    Spuds in bags are an easy crop to start with if you haven't much room. 1st and 2nd earlies will produce a crop 15 to 17 weeks after planting out and you can start chitting your spuds now.

    Spinach, lettuce leaves, radish and most dwarf beans/peas grow well in pots. 

  • In containers, I've had the most luck with salad like spinach and rocket. It's a very rewarding crop as it can be expensive to buy! You can keep taking leaves all summer.

    We've dug some composted-garden-waste type soil improver into our clay soil as it's only £3.50 a bag from the local garden centre, and it's made worlds of difference so don't give up on your soil.


  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    On my clay soil i have put in raised veg beds as they drain better, less cahnce of water logging. Something I found last year image

    Buy a basic book like the Expert series on growing veg. - Not expensive and a very good guide

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    I would avoid the Expert series for growing veg.  It does not seem to have been revised for years.  It seems to regard some crops as exotics which are quite normally grown in UK, and of course the varieties available have not been updated.

    If you are on a tight budget explore Aldi and Lidl and Wilkinsons for seeds.  I have found their germination rates excellent.

    Avoid glossy catalogues, their seeds are expensive.  Concentrate on growing crops that are either expensive or of poor quality in the supermarkets.  Go to a garden centre near you and buy some early potatoes.  You will probably be able to buy a handful of several varieties rather than a large pack of one.

  • thank you all for the excellent advice. shall let you know how i get on.

    happy growing image

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