The attraction of growing your own vegetables appeals to many people. Whether you’re a trendy hipster with a passion for subsistence living or you have a family allotment that the kids enjoy, there is a gardener in all of us. Just starting out? Don’t worry – you don’t need to be a green-thumbed garden wizard to grow these tasty vegetables. 1. Peas are exceptionally easy to grow as they require little maintenance – they are also perfectly happy in cold weather. All you need to do is build a support for the stems to grow around, this can be as simple as a few sticks or some chicken wire. Plant in March and expect to be enjoying fresh peas from June until August. The more you pick, the more will grow. 2. Salad Leaves Another fast-growing favourite for your garden is the humble salad leaf. Sow your seeds at any point during the summer and you’ll be harvesting your sandwich filling every few weeks. Sachets of mixed seeds will give you good variety of leaves.3. Courgettes are one of the most exciting vegetables to grow in your allotment, From a tiny seedling, the plant grows big very quickly, eventually producing sweet and juicy courgette, each topped with a pretty flower. Try thinly slicing and cooking with some garlic and olive oil – you can eat the flowers too!
4. Potatoes Just because potatoes are ten a penny, doesn’t mean growing them has to be boring. First of all you can grow these hardy vegetables all year round which ensures you some gardening action even during the winter months. There are also many different and exotic strains of potato you can grow to add colour to your meals – Red Duke of York and Purple Peruvian are good fun!5. Broad beans from the garden are miles better than anything you can buy in a supermarket. Sow them in the spring and wait for their pretty flowers to bloom before a delicious harvest. Freeze them in a ziplock bag and save them for a rainy day if you have too many.Watching over and nurturing vegetables that you have planted yourself is a special thing. Eating them is even better! For lots of great tips on growing your own and managing your garden check out this gardening hub for inspiration. Good luck!