Planting and Growing Guides

Our guides are written with help from our expert staff, who have passed on their practical tips for success. Download a guide, or ask in store for a leaflet, and get growing today.

Beans & Peas

Easy to grow in the ground or in pots, beans and peas can be harvested all summer long. Follow our expert guidance for a bumper crop.

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Seed Potatoes

There's nothing like eating new potatoes fresh from your garden, and they are very easy to grow. All you need is a pot or patch in the garden. Potatoes are the perfect crop for novice gardeners and children too!

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Onion Sets and Shallots

Tasty onions and fancy shallots make good use of your veg patch over the winter. They will grow through the coldest months, ready for harvesting in summer. Why not try growing red onions for a colourful change?

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Squashes

Also starring, marrows, cucumbers, melons and pumpkins! These plants will reward, with a little bit of care and attention, with plenty of edible delights. Start off with easy to grow courgettes and work your way to the challenge of a melon!

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Brassicas

Cabbages, Brussells Sprouts and fashionable Kale are all brassicas that can be harvested in the wonter, bringing healthy greens to your roast dinners. Our guide will help you outwit cabbage fly and set you up for your best brassica harvest yet.

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Chillies

Hot, sweet or mild, there's a chilli to suit all tastebuds. Find a sunny spot for a Chilli plant, feed and water well, and watch it grow. You can dry your surplus Chilli crop to add a alittle heat to your food throughout the year.

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Growing in Containers

No veg patch. No problem! With Scotsdales' advice and products you can grow fresh veg in containers on a patio, a balcony or windowsill. 

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Cucumber & Tomatoes

Grow your own tasty summer salad, either in your greenhouse or in a sunny spot outdoors. Follow our advice for good quality results, and look in store for some unusual varieties

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Easy to Grow Vegetables

Whether you have a sunny spot on your windowsil, an empty veg patch or you've taken on an allotment, Scotsdales is here to help. This handy guide takes you through growing a range of favourite veg, from planting the seeds to harvesting the crop.

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Herbs

Herbs add a bit of flavour to any meal, and bring scent and flowers to your garden. They are easy to grow and can give you fresh leaves throughout the year. 

Dont just relegate them to your veg patch, let herbs add beauty to your borders and pots as well.

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Leafy Salads

Fresh salad is a taste sensation, and can save you money as well. With our guide to growing tomatoes, cucumbers and salad leaves you can grow a full salad bowl.

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Organic Vegetables

If you'd like to "go organic", but you are not sure how to start, this little guide is packed full of practical information.We've included a crop rotation plan to help you get the most from your veg patch, and a list of companion plants to keep the insect pests away.

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Oriental Vegetables

Add some spice to your stir-fry with home-grown oriental veg. These leafy crops are quick and fun to grow, just give them a sunny spot and harvest tender leaves and shoots in a few weeks.

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Root Veg

There's a root veg revival at the moment! Carrots, parsnips, beetroot and more are being eaten as crisps, or juiced for a burst of nutritious flavour. Growing your own fashionable root veg is simple with our practical guide.

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