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Grow your own food

Growing your own means fruit, veg and herbs for less. A little outlay is needed to get started, but growing your own food can help to cut down on food miles, trips to the shops and wasteful packaging. It can also be very satisfying.

Produce grown locally doesn’t have to travel far. But food that we grow ourselves can taste fresher and may be more nutritious than anything we could buy.

What to plant when

There’s plenty you can grow in your garden, window box or greenhouse in Scotland. Try these for starters:

Spring

Potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, leeks, sweetcorn, courgettes, squash.

Summer

Chicory, pumpkins.

Autumn

Raspberries, gooseberries, broad beans.

Winter

Apple trees, rhubarb, onions.

Find out more about local in season foods with our yearly calendar.

Tips for growing your own food

  • Plant herbs in a window box
  • Grow tomatoes in a greenhouse or an especially sunny spot
  • Reuse old tyres as planters for potatoes
  • Pot some strawberry plants on the patio in summer
  • Help out at a community garden
  • Find a local garden share scheme or organise your own

Where to start

For advice on how to grow your own food if you live in a town or city, visit the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens website. The Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society and Grow Your Own Scotland are also good places to start.

Apply for an allotment

If you’re really keen, you could apply to your local authority for an allotment. You’ll be expected to use most of the land to produce food. So it’s a great incentive to grow your own food in greater quantities.