Interest in grow your own continues to rise and growing your own tasty and healthy fruit and veg at home is easier than ever before.
The great news is – you don’t need an allotment, as even a small garden or just a few pots on the patio can grow a wide range of home-grown vegetables.
Although most vegetables are pretty easy to grow, you may be wondering which are the easiest to get started with. We’re often asked if we can list the easiest – so here’s our top 10 easy, must-haves in the veg garden.
To keep things easy and straightforward, it is best to concentrate on those vegetables that can be sown directly where they are to be harvested.
Cut-and-come-again salad leaves are ideal as they can be harvested as needed to provide a succession of leaves over several weeks from one sowing.
Many salad crops – particularly radish and lettuce – are hard to beat for their speed from sowing to harvest. They can also be used as ‘catch crops’ – grown in between other long-term crops to make the most of the space.
Many vegetables are attractive and ornamental in their own right, so can be grown alongside your flowers in your beds and borders.
And all these – as well as just about every other vegetable – can be grown in containers on the patio or elsewhere in the garden. This means you can just step outside the back door and pick the freshest, tastiest vegetables ever!
Where space is a premium, it’s often a good idea to concentrate on those vegetables that are expensive to buy. So below is our list of those that are cheap and easy to grow, but work out expensive to buy in the shops.
Broccoli – purple and white sprouting, calabrese
Peas - especially mangetout