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Grow food for your Big Lunch

Learn all about what to grow and when with our guides and top tips - just in time for a Big Lunch!

Getting started – easy things to plant


You can hold a Big Lunch at any time of the year (including Christmas!), but most Big Lunches happen in June. These veggies will be ripe for harvesting around this time.

  • sow tomatoes inside in February and March to plant outside in April and enjoy ready for your Big Lunch
  • sow leafy salads and broad beans outside in April for harvesting in May/June
  • roots such as carrots, beetroot and turnips can be sown outside in March and April ready for harvesting in May, June and July
  • for more suggestions, check out our free booklet below

Did you know?

Wherever possible, using peat-free compost (or even making your own!) is a small measure we can all take to protect our environment this spring. Peatlands are precious spaces for wildlife and they’re a huge store of carbon – protecting them is vital in the fight against climate change.

The Big Grow – free booklet

We’re pleased to share our beautiful Eden Project Big Grow booklet – it’s full of top tips for growing, including what to grow when and fun activities for adults and children alike.


The Big Grow booklet (PDF)

Children planting seeds in the ground

Plant and Share Month

Plant and Share Month is a great way for schools to get involved and get growing in time for The Big Lunch. From April to May, the whole nation is being called upon to dig in and sow, grow and share veg with our communities.

Whether you or your school are grow-it-yourself newcomers or seasoned growing experts, Plant and Share Month is for you and getting involved is really simple!


Plant and Share Month