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Veg seed suppliers

Veg seed suppliers

Want to know where to find seed of a specific vegetable cultivar?

View our veg seed suppliers list (pdf 245KB)

Getting started with vegetables

Vegetables

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 cultivars 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 profiles to help you get started in the vegetable garden.

Vegetable growing videos

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Watch our videos for help and advice on growing your own vegetables – including sowing techniques as well as individual profiles.

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Vegetables A - Z

Lettuce

The RHS Advisory Service has produced an A-Z of vegetable profiles - including growing, storing and disease problems - for numerous veg crops.

Vegetable planner

Vegetable planner

We have produced a handy vegetable planner to help you decide what to do and when for each crop.

Download the vegetable planner (66KB Adobe Acrobat pdf)