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Growing your own veg, fruit and herbs made easy

Ceri Thomas, Editor, Which? Gardening

Whether you’re new to growing your own vegetables, fruit and herbs, have some experience or just want to find out more, we hope you find this guide useful. 

Growing your own has loads of benefits: it saves you money, involves no food miles, reconnects you to the seasons and means you can eat organically – and, of course, it’s incredibly satisfying. It’s no surprise that these days, veg seeds easily outsell flowers. 

In this guide, we’ve picked some of the easiest and most popular vegetables, fruit and herbs to grow, many of them suitable for containers. Over the years, our experts have tested everything from growing potatoes in pots to finding the tastiest strawberries. And because this guide is from Which?, it’s full of clear, no-nonsense advice. Happy growing!

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This guide has been produced for general information and interest only. Which? makes every effort to ensure that the information in the guide is correct but we can’t guarantee that it’s 100% free of inaccuracies, errors and omissions.

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