As you can imagine, gardening is a vast subject and the problem is not
finding links but rather keeping them within manageable limits and in
an understandable organization. Another priority is to be careful not
to rely too heavily on commercial websites which although can be very
informative, their main concern is not education but rather profit.
Following are some links which should help to get you off to a good
start. It won't be easy sifting through it all and I suggest that you
just browse through the material gleaning what is important to you,
but in the end, just jump in and start digging! Start small (it's easy
to cultivate a gorgeous garden in your mind but reality is another
matter), don't expect alot, and chances are you will be pleased with
the results. If you start big with big expectations, you also increase
the chances of becoming very discouraged. Let gardening grow on you as
you are watching your garden grow. Books, seed catalogues, and seed
packets are all a wealth of information, don't rely on the internet
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
Ten easy vegetables
"For a relatively easy vegetable garden go for plants that can be sown
directly where they are to be harvested with little or no thinning.
Cut and come again salad leaves are ideal for this providing a
succession of leaves. Vegetables with large seed, such as beans are a
good choice as they are easy to sow. Radish are hard to beat for the
speed from sowing to harvest, but many of the suggested veg can be
harvested in three months from sowing..."
Courgettes and marrows
BBC: How to Be a Gardener - The Complete Online Guide
Module Seven: The Productive Garden
* The kitchen diary
Watch video clips on:
* Basic principles of growing vegetables
* Growing seasonal vegetables
* Making a vegetable plot
* Making a compost heap
* Learn how to build a compost heap with our fun game, Hurl-a-heap.
Click on the links at the following website for down-to-earth
instructions for each vegetable.
» Bean - Broad
» Bean - French
» Bean - Runner
» Beet (Leaf)
» Brussels Sprouts
» Cucumber (outdoor)
» Edible Flowers
» Kale (Borecole)
» Kohl Rabi
» Tomato (outdoor)
UK Sowing and Harvesting Chart
Gardener's Calendar - May
Click "Fruit & vegetable garden"
Month by Month - Your Online Veg and Fruit Diary
May in the Fruit and Veg Garden
A Vegetable Growing Calendar
COMPOST / ORGANIC GARDENING
Click "Start Here"
A Resource for those new to fruit and vegetable growing.
We will bring you a series of articles on topics that will get you off
to a good start. The basic advice is to have a go, don't be too
concerned about doing everything exactly right.
How to Compost
"From beginners to experts this web site is designed to be a hub for
all composting information. No matter what your interest is, you'll
find something here worth you time. Our goal is to be the best
resource on the internet for composting information.
On our site you will find articles and links covering all topics about
composting and organic gardening..."
HDRA Step by Step Organic Gardening Series
(Illustrated booklets 8-16 pages)
Organic Vegetable Gardening
A Beginner's Guide to Organic Pest & Disease Control
GARDENING CLUBS / Societies
Gardening Clubs and Societies links
National Vegetable Society
"uk.rec.gardening is an internet newsgroup dedicated to the discussion
of gardening in the UK. As a part of usenet, it can be accessed via a
dedicated newsreader program or by using the usenet link opposite.
urg, as it is known, is chock full of friendly folk asking and
answering gardening questions, chatting about garden life, and
generally having a laugh. Why not 'lurk' for a while to familiarise
yourself with the group and join in the fun when you're ready? New
'urglers' are always welcome."
Growing Vegetables (Royal Horticultural Society's Encyclopaedia of
Practical Gardening S.)
Tony Biggs, The Royal Horticultural Society
The Kitchen Garden Yearbook: Month-by-Month Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables
The Fruit and Vegetable Gardener: The Complete Practical Guide to
Kitchen Gardening, from Planning and Planting to Harvesting and
Complete Guide to Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs: Planning, Planting,
Grow Your Own Vegetables
The Vegetable Gardener's Bible
John Story (Foreword), Edward C Smith
The UK's No 1 for growing your own fruit & veg
June issue now on sale only £3.30
UK Seed Suppliers
DISEASES / PESTS / WEEDS
RHS Help and advice problem solver
Pests and Diseases
Pests of All Kinds
HDRA Organic Weed Management
Allotment Growing links
I enjoyed working on this for, I hope it's not too overwhelming. If
you have any questions, please post a clarification request and wait
for me to respond before closing/rating my answer.
Some Google terms used but I mostly followed links found at websites such as RHS:
starting a vegetable garden uk
vegetable gardening uk guide
vegetable gardening uk beginner
vegetable gardening uk tutorial
vegetable gardening uk how-to
gardening uk weeds
gardening uk pests