No.41 plant it, grow it, eat it

Children doing a gardening activity in the springtime at Mottisfont, Hampshire.

This is a challenge that'll take a bit of time. You definitely can't complete it in a day, or even two, as fruit and veg take time to grow, but it's definitely worth the wait, we promise. If you don't think you're green-fingered then follow our tips for success.

There's nothing that will beat the feeling of having grown your own fruit, veg or herbs from scratch and you can easily choose to grow something that you like to eat.

What's easy to grow?

We think strawberries are one of the easiest and tastiest things to grow. If strawberries don't appeal to you, then you could think about herbs like basil (which goes well with pretty much every pasta or pizza dish that you can think of) rosemary or thyme.

Or you could try your hand at veggies - peas are fairly easy to look after, or tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, parsnips or salad leaves. The list is endless really, so it's pretty much down to you, and what you fancy eating and what time of year it is.

Remember that whatever you have chosen may take a while to grow so you usually won't be eating it for at least a month after you've planted it.

Our top tips

  • Plant seasonally - make sure you plant the right thing at the right time of year, as some plants will only grow at certain times of the year.
  • Make sure you've got the right equipment. You don't actually need to go out and buy loads to start growing your own produce. You can make plant pots out of newspaper, but you will need compost or soil and space to put your pots.
  • If you've bought seeds, then follow the instructions on the packet about the types of soil, temperatures and how deep to plant the seeds. All that information is there to help give you the best chance of growing happy plants.
  • Dont' forget the water! Watering your plant is very important to help it grow, so try and remember. In hotter months you might need to water every day.
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No.41 Plant it, grow it, eat it

Growing your own food will give you an amazing feeling and it's fun too. Plant a tiny seed, care for it and watch it turn into something that you can actually eat.