I’m just in the process of compiling a large seed order for a market garden and it struck me there are some real bankers out there. By which, I mean, there are some seeds you can’t go wrong with, especially if you’re starting out on your veg growing adventure. Definitely do buy some heritage varieties and some exotic stuff to challenge your skills. However, if you’re starting out and want some pretty much guaranteed successes or you’re trying to encourage newbies such as younger children without them becoming disheartened, try my top 5 easy vegetables;
Salad Leaves – are reliable to germinate, quick to grow away and ready to harvest in no time. You can squeeze a patch in gaps between other plants, in hanging baskets, pots, windowsills, etc. and during the summer they’ll be an endlessly useful addition to your meals.
Broad Beans – you can sow them late in autumn or early in the year, so they’re great for when you’re itching to get sowing and nothing much else is doing. They’re easy to grow, pretty pest and disease free and crop well. Just an uncomplicated bit of staking required and you’re away.
Spinach – another really simple crop that requires barely any maintenance when it’s in the ground. The only thing it doesn’t like is to get too hot or too dry, particularly when it’s a young plant. Once you get it past the juvenile stage it’ll go on and on with little trouble.
Runner Beans – these are so easy to grow, you may just need to protect the baby plants from slugs. Runner beans are a rewarding vegetable to grow because the pods can get to a good size pretty quickly and there will be plenty of them, giving you the satisfaction of an abundant crop. They also taste a million times better fresh out of your garden than from the supermarket.
Kale – this is a fantastic leaf crop; easy to grow, relatively pest free and seemingly never not in leaf. It’s not cheap to buy in shops so it’s great to have your own supply to hand, especially as you can easily grow it organically and you’ll know exactly what went into cultivating the plant. It’s extremely versatile in culinary terms, eat it cooked or raw, and if you’ve never tried massaged kale it sounds weird but it’s really good!
Comment below and let me know what your sure-fire winners are!