Growing Our Own Veggies: September Checklist

10 09 2010

in season in september

September heralds the end of Summer and the start of Autumn. To be “precise” – September 23rd is the autumnal equinox this year, when the North pole begins its tilt away from the sun and the nights begin to be longer than the days.

We are definitely in harvest time now, as you’ll know if you have children in schools that celebrate the Harvest Festival. There’s also a fair bit of maintenance that can be done in the vegetable garden. But there’s very little sowing to be done now until next year.

Here’s the run down.


Growing Our Own Veggies: August Checklist

25 08 2010

august to do list

As we hit the height of Summer and the soil is at its driest, do keep everything regularly (not sporadically) watered, using water from rain butts whereever you can. Many gardeners use “grey” water for watering, ie from baths and doing the washing up, although our jury is out on the advisability of that when you’re going to eat what you water…

Here’s the usual run down on sowing, planting out, maintenance and harvesting for August.

Growing Our Own Veggies: July Checklist

16 07 2010

july growing checklist

The essentials this month are

  1. keeping back the weeds,
  2. regular early morning or late evening watering, and
  3. ‘stopping’ your tomatoes and climbing beans.

There are also still seeds to be sown, especially if you are planning on being able to harvest your own food later on in the year, as well as armfuls of produce to start bringing in and trying out our recipes with.

Click through for the full July checklist.

Growing Our Own Veggies: May Checklist

3 05 2010

growing our own in may

As the last Spring frost was calculated to be late April for Southern UK, this SHOULD mean that your precious seeds and seedlings are safer outdoors now. It’s starting to get busy for food growers, but there’s no need to be daunted, and remember if you’re new to it, keep it simple – less will be more if you want to sustain your motivation. Remember, year one is more about learning and growing in confidence than it is about reaping an entirely self sufficient harvest.

Here’s our checklist for May.


16 04 2010

free seeds, free workshops!

Here at VegBox Recipes, we are avid followers of lots of great campaigns, including Mind’s “EcoMinds”, the BBC’s “Dig In” and the “Capital Growth” initiative in London.

This month, there is a flurry of activity that we wanted to make sure you knew about. For so many of us, the desire is there to Grow Our Own, and yet it can feel so daunting. If up until now, you’ve been putting it off, maybe these links will be the ticket…

Growing Our Own Veggies – March Checklist

22 02 2010

March checklist for growers

The most important tip for March is that, although it may officially bring the commencement of British Summer Time, there is no actual guarantee on the weather, so be realistic about any ground you’re thinking of planting into and focus on cultivating patience if it stays cold. A good guide to whether to sow is whether the grass in your garden or the local park has started growing.

Here’s the low down on what to sow in March, where to sow it, and what other preparations you can take care of.

PLUS – we’re looking for a guest potato grower to contribute monthly to the blog, so if that could be you, get in touch by sending us an email – info[at]

Growing Our Own Veggies – February Checklist

31 01 2010

February Checklist

Everything that was true in January is still true now.

So click through for a recap, plus our additions on making your own cloches, and your own hanging baskets for growing food in.