Frequently asked questions

I’m new to growing, can I still take part?

Of course! The Big Seed Sow is all about learning new things, making new connections and sharing knowledge, stories and resources. On our resources page you’ll find guidance on seed sowing, how to hold a seed sow in your local community, and posters to share that you’re taking part. We’ll be sharing lots more content to help you along the way with your growing journey –– sign up now and we’ll guide you through the first steps.

How do I hold my own Big Seed Sow?

You can get involved in the RHS Big Seed Sow however you like, big or small. If you’re a community group or garden, you might want to hold a seed swapping event or mass seed sowing to share knowledge and resources, or reach out to new audiences. If you’re getting involved from home, why not form your own network of budding growers to swap seeds, compost and experiences? Find out more about how to hold an event in your community here, or take a look at our community event toolkit for everything you’ll need.

I’m a school and want to engage students in the Big Seed Sow –– how can I do this?

Whether you’re covering plants as part of the curriculum, holding a gardening club, or simply encouraging young people to get outdoors, there are plenty of ways to get involved at school. Why not facilitate a group sowing activity, with plants and produce to look forward to in the summer? Use our seed sowing glossary to demystify the gardening terms found on seed packets, and get creative making seed labels and origami seed packets for sharing.

I’ve signed up, what happens next?

Welcome to the Big Seed Sow! You’re now a part of a network of Big Seed Sowers across the UK. You should receive a welcome email very soon with details of your next steps –– make sure to check your spam if you can’t see it. This is the start of a series of emails packed with personalised advice, as well as exclusive activities and inspirational content. We also invite you to connect and share what you’re up to with us, using #RHSBigSeedSow on social media. You’ll be part of a nation of growers sharing their progress and stories throughout the year.

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