At home – Grow your own!

16 Apr 2021

Why not make use of the time you have at home this season and create your own vegetable or flower garden. It doesn’t have to be big or complicated and you don’t have to be an experienced gardener.

At Longstock Park Nursery we can help you get started this month as we have all the equipment you need. Our team of horticultural specialists are here to help you plant what works best for you.

What to plant indoors now

If you want to grow something that looks and tastes good, then try nasturtium seeds. You can add the flowers to your salads! For a great scent in your garden this summer, sow sweet pea seeds indoors early, then plant outside when it’s a little warmer in late spring. Herbs of all varieties are wonderful to have available in the kitchen, so why not sow a range of herbs in pots on the windowsill or somewhere bright and warm in the kitchen.

Other flowers, such as petunias and marigolds, can be sown indoors now and the seedlings planted out as soon as the risk of frost has passed. Marigolds are great at cheering up summer bedding, so by sowing your own now you will have plenty of plants to help add some bright colour when summer arrives.

What to plant outdoors now

Lettuce and rocket seeds can be sown early in the season as they can tolerate fairly low temperatures during germination. Young rocket leaves can be harvested and eaten within about 2-3 weeks, so rocket is great for those impatient gardeners keen to taste their homegrown crop! Or why not plant a mixed salad that you can cut and keep cutting to give you salad leaves for months to come!

Whether you want to grow an old favourite or try something different, the Longstock Park Nursery Garden Shop is stocked with a wide range of vegetable and flower seeds for you to choose from. If you are looking for new tools, the Garden Shop sells tools for both beginner and experienced gardeners. The plant nursery Garden Shop also stocks effortlessly stylish hand forged tools – great if you want to treat to yourself, or a gift to a loved one!

The Garden Shop has all the items you need to get started and help you maintain your plot, whatever the size. We have a range of seeds, compost, pots, propagators and fruit and vegetable plant food and fertilisers, including a new organic range of fertilisers and pest control products. To get a head start you can buy vegetable seedlings and herbs from the nursery that can go straight into your prepared vegetable plot or a pot on the patio. Starting at £1.99 each, we have lots of vegetable plants to choose from that you will be able to enjoy on your plate in the coming months.

 The plant nursery at Leckford Estate is open Monday to Sunday and offers a plant delivery service - you can also place an order for collection by emailing the nursery at


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