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Grow your own fruit and vegetables – summer with Tom Brown

Ref: S1D08838

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About this course

Discover all you need to know about managing your fruit and vegetable garden in the summer months. There will be practical demonstrations and lectures about how to make the most of your plot.

Course Description

This informative day will cover all you need to know about managing your fruit and vegetable patch throughout the summer.

This will include:

• Getting the best from your plot: from siting and soil prep to crop rotation, seed sowing and pricking out.

• Summer fruit pruning for top fruit (apples, pears, etc.).

• Direct successional sowing for summer crops such as radish, spring onions and salad leaves, plus French beans and carrots. Including creating a seed bed, making drills, sowing, watering and hoeing.

• Protection against pests including fleecing and netting.

• How to make your plot beautiful as well as productive: adding colourful annual cut flowers and decorative veg amongst your crops.

The day will be a mixture of hands on practical demomstrations and classroom based lectures.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • A selection of plants used for practical session demonstrations.

What students need to bring

  • A notebook and pens/pencils and a camera would be useful.
  • Outdoor clothing and boots/shoes suitable for wet weather.
  • Bring any information that you have about your vegetable garden or allotment such as location, size, and soil type and a wish list of the types of produce that you would like to grow.


Tom Brown

Having worked at RHS Wisley Gardens for 10 years, latterly running the plant and vegetable trials, Tom became Head Gardener at Parham House in 2010. Parham boasts opulent herbaceous plantings, cut flower and vegetable areas and an extensive fruit collection. He is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey, a member of the RHS Herbaceous Committee and an RHS Show Judge.

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