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Q: Vegetable Gardening ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Vegetable Gardening
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: dodgybob-ga
List Price: $35.00
Posted: 18 May 2006 02:27 PDT
Expires: 17 Jun 2006 02:27 PDT
Question ID: 729998
I would like some links provided about various aspects of vegetable
gardening.  What to plant when?  How to grow them?  Diseases to be
aware of and possible treatment etc. I am new to gardening and so
would like the information targeted at a beginner's level.  I am not
interested in purchasing equipment.  I live in the UK and so would
like the information to be relevant to my climate.

Many thanks.
Subject: Re: Vegetable Gardening
Answered By: hummer-ga on 18 May 2006 11:58 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi dodgybob,

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..."
Pumpkins, squash
Early potatoes
French beans
Runner beans
Broad beans
Courgettes and marrows
Garlic, shallots

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.
»  Asparagus
»  Bean - Broad
»  Bean - French
»  Bean - Runner
»  Beet (Leaf)
»  Beetroot
»  Broccoli
»  Brussels Sprouts
»  Cabbages
»  Carrot
»  Cauliflower
»  Courgette
»  Cucumber (outdoor)
»  Edible Flowers
»  Garlic
»  Herbs
»  Kale (Borecole)
»  Kohl Rabi
»  Leek
»  Lettuce
»  Marrow
»  Onion
»  Parsnip
»  Peas
»  Potato
»  Pumpkin
»  Radish
»  Rocket
»  Salsify
»  Scorzonera
»  Shallots
»  Spinach
»  Squash
»  Swede
»  Sweetcorn
»  Tomato (outdoor)
»  Turnip

Plot Rotation


UK Sowing and Harvesting Chart

Gardening Calendar

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

Job Calendars


Organic UK
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..."

Gardening Basics
Growing vegetables

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 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  
Daphne Ledward

The Fruit and Vegetable Gardener: The Complete Practical Guide to
Kitchen Gardening, from Planning and Planting to Harvesting and
Richard Bird

Complete Guide to Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs: Planning, Planting,
Growing, Harvesting
Denny Schrock

Grow Your Own Vegetables  
Joy Larkcom

The Vegetable Gardener's Bible  
John Story (Foreword), Edward C Smith

Kitchen Garden
The UK's No 1 for growing your own fruit & veg
June issue now on sale only £3.30

Vegetable Guide


UK Seed Suppliers


RHS Help and advice problem solver
Top Pests
Top Diseases

Pests and Diseases

Pests of All Kinds

HDRA Organic Weed Management



Allotment Growing links

URG 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.

Thank you,

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
dodgybob-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00

great information. thanks very much.  it is slightly overwhelming
because I didn't realise there was so much to consider but I guess you
have to start somewhere.  really pleased with your response though,
thank you again.

Subject: Re: Vegetable Gardening
From: answerfinder-ga on 18 May 2006 03:24 PDT
Dear dodgybob-ga,

I used to have an allotment before a disability forced me to give it
up, so I speak from experience. To be honest (and I?m doing myself out
of a research job here) I had a look on the internet and although
there are some sites which give information, you would be much better
off getting a book such as Vegetable and Herb Expert by
D.G. Hessayon. These are part of a series of books on gardening and it
is relatively cheap (amazon at £6.39) for the vast amount of
information it contains. Although it says expert in the title, it is
perfect for the beginner. The advantage with the book is that you can
refer to it while in the garden, unlike your computer!

You may find the customer reviews helpful.

The only other piece of advice I can give is get composting! It will
make all the difference to your soil quality.

Subject: Re: Vegetable Gardening
From: hummer-ga on 19 May 2006 07:47 PDT
Dear dodgybob,

Thank you for your nice note, rating, and generous tip, I appreciate
them all and would love to hear when you eat your first tomato!

Can you handle three more links? :)  I neglected to give you a plant
hardiness map plus the uk.gardenweb is a good website for you anyway.

Plant Hardiness Zone Map for the British Isles

Hardiness Zone Map: UK & Ireland

Some more links to browse (sorry!):

Perry's Perrenial Pages links:


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