Vegetable gardening is a popular and productive way to use your garden space. Growing your own fruit and veg is fun and healthy.
And it’s so rewarding! For me nothing beats the taste of homegrown produce, from the bite of juicy apples to the flavour of roast potatoes grown with your own hands.
Yet getting started with vegetable gardening can feel daunting. There is so much information, so many rules and pests and problems that it all seems… overwhelming.
So many people keep putting it off, but the truth is that growing fruit and vegetables and herbs is so easy!
To help you, I’ve pulled together the best grow your own resources online, including a few I’ve made. These include guides, blogs, planners and all the information you need to start, maintain and grow a vegetable garden. Plus there are resources to help you grow fruit and herbs too.
There are 22 categories here, some of which have multiple resources. Enjoy!
General grow your own resources
Complete Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening
Just getting started? Download my free beginner’s guide to growing fruit, vegetables and herbs! It covers how to choose what to grow, prepare the soil, sow seeds and plant your crops.
I also look at crop rotation, easy varieties for beginners to try and how to grow vegetables in containers. And I’ve added in my top 10 tips for success!
Download the free PDF guide now – you can print it out and keep it.
Good crops need good soil, so get your plot up to scratch with this PDF guide. It shows you how to prepare your soil for cultivation including digging techniques, soil improvers and preparing the seed bed.
Lay the foundations of your vegetable garden with great quality soil.
Find out everything you need to know about allotments. I look at how they started and why they have become so popular. I have also created a checklist of things to look out for if you are thinking of getting an allotment.
Here are the best resources dedicated solely to growing vegetables.
The Vegetable Planting Calendar
Timing is important with vegetables. Find out when to sow, plant out and harvest the most popular vegetables with this planting calendar. It shows you the planting and harvesting windows for vegetables helpfully illustrated in colourful blocks.
You can print out the two-page calendar and stick it on your fridge or in your shed as a handy visual guide.
Plan out your new vegetable garden with Mr Fothergill’s interactive online tool. It lets you draw out your beds to scale and populate them with veg crops.
The Garden Planner has some many vegetable varieties and calculates the space each crop and plant will take up, showing you how many vegetables you need to fill your space. It also adapts to your location using weather reports for accurate sowing and planting times.
Grow your own fruit trees and bushes with these gardening guides and resources.
How to Plant Fruit Trees
Plant apples, pears, plums and woody fruit trees with this guide. It includes tips on how to plant the trees and get them established quickly. Whether you are planning an orchard or just one feature tree, this guide has everything you need,
My ultimate guide to planting soft fruit bushes and canes from containers or bare-root plants. It also has a detailed guide on planting each variety, including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, blueberries and currants.
David Domoney is a Chartered Horticulturalist, Broadcaster, and Author. David has worked with a number of the UK’s leading garden retailers as a plant buyer and strategic consultant. With more than 30 years experience, in horticulture, David is as passionate about plants now as he was when he bought his first plant at a village fete.