Sending you some spring gardening inspiration!!

If like me, you’ve sniffed spring in the air this week and you fancy having a go at growing more of your own fruit and veg, then I hope this week’s blog will inspire you to give it a go.

I wrote this with (a lot of) help from Sarah, my (very) old gardening teacher, based on what we used to grow in our Primary School Garden; hope it inspires you to give it a ‘grow’!

Ideas on plants that are easy to grow

Planting sunflower seeds mid-May

At home and when I was in my primary school garden we would sow just about everything indoors, in Feb-March and that way they are ready for planting in their final position when the weather warms up, usually after Easter. I would always choose a variety (type or version of the plant) that was either the most reliable for planting  ‘up North’ (or wherever you live) or interesting i.e. colour shape or size (we once grew blue tomatoes at school!), this is supposed to be fun after all. When I was in the infants we would have planted beans and squash and sunflowers because the seeds are big and easy to plant. As I moved up in school, there would be different plant groups that we would grow from seed that linked to our science topics.

As far as equipment is concerned all you need is:

Pea shoots started off in toilet rolls

Cheap pots, which can be begged from ‘plantaholic’ friends and family or yoghurt pots do just as well or at home, we use the inside of toilet rolls
Compost – seed sowing compost or multipurpose is fine
Space, a greenhouse if you have one or windowsill is where they will be happiest
Care, remember the seeds will need space, sun (not too much), water (again, not too much) just keep the soil from drying out. Remember to read the instructions on the seed packets, there is tons of help and advice on the back of the envelope

Broad beans – are really easy to plant as they are quite big, they are ideal for young tots to grow. If planted against wet paper or tissue in a jam jar you can watch the roots grow down and the shoots grow up. Here is a link to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, all about how to grow broad beans

My Mum loves making this broad bean salad and you know what, we’ve never grown them in our home garden before, so I’m inspired to give them a go this year!

Pumpkins – are great to grow because you get a huge fruit to eat in the autumn or decorate and save the seeds for the next growing year. They come in lots of shapes colours and sizes. There’s even a black one #spooky

You can even grow giant pumpkins and enter them into a ‘commonwealth competition‘ as I found out when I filmed for Blue Peter back in Autumn 2017. Ben, one of the contestants, said his top tip was to give them plenty of water and TLC!

Grandma Brenda is really green fingered and has some real success with growing tomatoes in her greenhouse

Tomatoes are a must if you have a sunny spot to grow them on, there’s a variety for every space, providing its sunny.

The easiest and most space saving one is the tumbling varieties; we used to grow red and yellow tumbling tomatoes at school.

At home, we’ve never had much success with tomatoes, as we don’t tend to get much sun. Now we’ve got a greenhouse I’m hoping all that changes this year and we harvest some sweet, juicy tomatoes, which I’ll pop straight in my gob!

Nasturtium flowers are edible

Nasturtiums – as flowers go, these are the easiest of all I think, and the best value for money as they are prolific! From one seed (which actually look like mini brains !!) you will get lots of flowers, which will encourage tons of insects and then at the end of the summer these flowers will turn into green “brain” seeds that you can save to grow next year #result

You can even eat them as the flowers are edible (I found them really peppery hot), they make dishes look so pretty as a garnish too

Our first harvest of cucamelons


Something fun to growJames Wong (he’s an RHS Ambassador like me) has a brilliant range with Suttons, they are all easy to grow interesting plants that most of us have never seen or heard of before. We’ve grown lots of these but the favourites were cucamelons (mini melons that taste like cucumber and lime), electric daisies and Inca berries



Potatoes – we have grown lots of varieties of new potatoes at home over the years and we always seem to go back to a variety called, Charlotte.

Planting spuds on my visit to Chaucer Junior School

First, you have to chit them and then you plant them out. Check out the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website for a really great step by step picture guide. Once they are ready to harvest, you dig down and instantly you are rewarded with a bounty of spuds; they are quicks wins for us kids

and finally Peas – we grow peas at home for the simple reason, I love eating them.

Planting in the raised beds

We start them off using the inside of a toilet roll filled ¾’s of the way up with compost, you place the seed (like a dried pea) on top, then sprinkle more compost over the top and leave it, watering occasionally.

Then when it sprouts you can put it straight into your veg bed (the toilet toll is biodegradable). As the plant grows it needs plenty of support; you can use garden canes and twine. Pretty soon you will have lots of lovely peas to harvest and eat!!!


I do hope you have found this week’s blog inspirational and feel encouraged to get out and grow!

Pop me a comment below, to let me know what you’re inspired to grow this year!

About greenfingeredgeorge

RHS Young Ambassador Gardening Geek and Nature Nerd!
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10 Responses to Sending you some spring gardening inspiration!!

  1. Dominic says:

    Hi George,
    I just moved to a new house and can’t start an out door garden tell next spring! What vegetables do you think would go good in pots?


    • well spuds are great in them sacks, my grandma uses them. She also uses containers for courgettes and peas. My mum uses a colander for herbs – sage and thyme. We’ve grown beans in trugs at school and strawberries grow well in hanging baskets. Hope this helps and good luck!


  2. Ali says:

    This is wonderful! A really upbeat, inspiring post, and fabulous to see someone of your age sharing their gardening knowledge.


  3. Joan mycroft says:

    You are inspiring others George to get out side and get growing, you are so right there are a lot you can plant at this time of the year, but a bit cold yet.i am so excited it will be spring soon and we can all get out and do our bit. The recipe you have put on I have done before and you are right it’s delicious well done George great in couragement to us all.


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