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Learn the basics of successful vegetable growing
It's easy to get carried away when looking through seed and plant catalogues, so make sure you grow only what you really like, keeping experiments to a minimum. Think about how much space you have: this will be the greatest limitation on what you can grow. Also think about how long things take to grow - cabbages, for instance, are slow to mature and take up precious space all season.
If space is at a premium, consider dwarf selections and bush forms. Many seed companies now sell 'patio' vegetables, which are suitable for even the smallest garden.
Our experts have put together a number of advice pages to help you get started in the vegetable garden.
Mulching vegetable gardens
Planning a vegetable garden
Watch our videos for help and advice on growing your own vegetables – including sowing techniques as well as individual profiles.
The RHS Advisory Service has produced an A-Z of vegetable profiles - including growing, storing and disease problems - for numerous vegetable crops.
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Gardening expert Graham Rice selects 10 Award of Garden Merit (AGM) winning vegetables to give you easy, delicious crops.
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