Garden & Outdoor

The Best Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden

Growing your own vegetables is not just a fun gardening project, it is also incredibly rewarding and helps you to become a more sustainable household.

No matter how big or small your garden or balcony space is, there are  options available to everyone when it comes to growing your own produce. However, if you’ve never tried to grow your own before, it can be tricky to know which type of veg is best suited to the UK’s climate.

To help you keen gardeners out, we’ve put together a list of the best vegetables to grow in your garden.

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    Courgettes are one of the best vegetables to grow, they’re a great money-saving option, as they’re known for producing a sizeable crop from just a few plants. They also require very little maintenance and grow very quickly.

    If planted correctly and well looked after, you’ll likely grow around 30 courgettes per plant.

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    Winter squash is popular amongst home gardeners because they’re super easy to grow. They can also keep through the Winter, so they can offer you a great source of nutrition for warming soups and stews in the colder months.

    However, the runners need a lot of room to spread, so they are better suited to a larger garden space or allotment.

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    You can grow your own tomatoes from seeds (start them off on a windowsill if you do this), or you can buy a tomato plant to get a head start.

    The easiest place to grow them is in a spot that gets a lot of sunlight and is sheltered from prevailing weather.

    You’ll know they’re ready because of their stunning red colour and once ripe you can use them in salads, sandwiches, relishes, and sauces.

    If you want to give growing your own tomatoes a go, check out our guide here.

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    Whether in containers or in the ground, salad leaves are one of the easiest and best vegetables to grow in your garden.

    They can be grown all throughout Summer – meaning you can have a constant, fresh supply of salad leaves for your BBQs and lighter dishes.  We recommend you sow new seeds every time the previous batch has germinated to ensure a continuous supply.

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    Potatoes are a great option, as they are a staple base ingredient of so many British home-cooked meals. There are many different varieties available to grow and they are a very versatile vegetable that can be cooked in  many ways.

    They’re also super straightforward to grow and you don’t need lots of space for them.

    You can find out how to grow your own potatoes in this guide.

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    Onions are  really easy to plant – and as they’re a vegetable that is needed for so many recipes, growing them at home will save you money in the long run.

    It’s best to plant onions in the Spring, so they are ready to be harvested in the Autumn. From the same vegetable family, spring onions and garlic are also great options.

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    Radishes are also one of the best vegetables to grow in your garden. They’re great to grow with children because they’re fast-growing and you can expect to harvest them just four weeks after sowing, so the kids can help plant and look after them.

    To produce a constant supply throughout Summer, sow them every two weeks in fertile soil any time from March to mid-August.

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