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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

Supporting our planet with the greenest Big Lunch yet

We’re working with our friends at WWF-UK on ideas to make this year’s Big Lunch the greenest yet. We have 52 easy sustainable swaps to help you get started and look out for more guides and activities coming soon!