I really wanted to write something up today but couldn’t for the life of me think what to write! I started writing a recipe, then a workout routine and gave up and picked the strawberries in the garden, hoping for some inspiration…
I realised, I have tonnes of things growing in my garden. I’m by no means an avid gardener, nuh-uh no way. I’m rubbish at it, but somehow, year after year, my plants keep growing. Crazy! right? So it got me thinking, if I can do it. So can you!
Whether you have a large garden or a small one, maybe you only have a a few pots, anyone can grow their own. I have a very stoney, dry garden tha’s very much in the sunlight all day but I choose the best spots for planting and regulate the soil often. Here are my top tips for planting easy fruits and veg for your garden type.
Pots: P Soil: S Light: L Shade: S Warm: W
Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Caurgette, cauli, chilli, corn cucumber, Garlic, Grapes, Lemons, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tomatoes
Apples: S L/S
Apple trees take around 6-8 years to mature and to bare fruit but once they’re planted at producing you don’t need to do anything with them! You can keep an apple tree in a pot but only for the first 5 years of it’s life, it really needs soil to keep the roots nutrient dense and enable it to bare fruit. My tree has been in the garden for over 10 years and we have pruned it twice in that time. Purely for cosmetic reasons though. It gives us only a basket of apples per year but it’s blossom alone is worth having in the garden.Simple!
Broccoli: P/S L
I have personally grown broccoli and whilst it was super simple. I planted it in full sun with a small net covering it. I watered it a few times a week but it didn’t produce like I thought it would. It had beautifully big leaves but a small head of veg. A super simple project to do with kids perhaps? Grab a net to keep any pesky butterflies away from your crop!
Carrots: Any conditions!
Carrots, again. Super simple. They had to be included on the list, all they need is deep soil and some light. They need no tending, just water when you remember (seriously). Very rewarding for the kids to see the fluffy green shoots coming up!
Courgette: S/L W
The only stipulation with courgettes are to keep them warm and give them a little water, preferably a green house where you can top them up every other day. You don’t necessarily have to keep them watered too frequently but they’re a water based veg so the more water, the more veg you get!
Cauliflower: P/S L
I have personally grown cauli and whilst it was super simple. I planted it in full sun with a small net covering it. I watered it a few times a week but it didn’t produce like I thought it would. It had beautifully big leaves but a smaller head of veg bigger than the broccoli but still not as big as I’d have liked. A super simple project to do with kids perhaps? Grab a net to keep any pesky butterflies away from your crop!
Chilli: P/S L & W
A little bit more love goes into these, I either keep them indoors or put them in a greenhouse. I’m lazy though so keeping them in my warm kitchen means I don’t have to go out to water them and my house is warm enough to encourage reasonable ‘fruits’. Super simple!
Corn S & L
Another brilliant and easy one for kids. Just dig out 2-3″ of soil, sprinkle your seeds and watch them grow! You might need some sticks or ties once they get a few feet tall, to stop them from falling over but they’re amazing crops to grow and come one? Who doesn’t love corn?!
The only stipulation with courgettes are to keep them warm and give them a little water, preferably a green house where you can top them up every other day. You don’t nessesarily have to keep them watered too frequently but they’re a water based veg so the more water, the more veg you get!
Leave it in and let it grow, It needs 4-5″ of soil and some light, but not a lot if you don’t have it! It produces little bulbs each year and even the stalks are edible. I use them like chives and dice them into cream cheese, add them to soups, stock and other yummy dishes!
Again, super simple..of course! Prop your plant next to a fence or somewhere it can grow vertically. Bare in mind it can easily take over the garden after a few years, it’s best to keep it trimmed yearly. Other then that it needs no maintenance!
I love lemons as an indoor mini-plant so I can take a few when needed and the tree doesn’t get too large. Of course it’s traditionally a whole tree for a garden but they’re really brilliant for keeping a room smelling and looking fresh. Keep it watered as best you can, but don’t worry. These are hardy plants!
Similar to garlic, in fact I have always kept mine in the same trough. Never watering them or giving them much chance at light. They’re kept in the shade and just grow them selves each year. I haven’t actually planted any in years but they seem to keep growing. I think I must accidentally leave some in each year!
Pretty, tasty and easy-peasy! Give these some light and some love, let them lean on a fence or climb up a post. They love light and might need some help to climb but they’re relatively easy for a beginner!
Similar to chillis, just offer them some water as frequently as you can and give them a warm and light place to live. They’ll give you 5-8 peppers and die off after the season but they’re beautiful and fairly simple to grown.
Chuck them in a few inches of soil and watch them grow. They have massive crops, 10-15 per plant, so you probably only want to plant 2-3. I find that no matter what, I always manage to have a potato crop each year. They just hide themselves in the soil, even though I spend days trying to find them all. Stubborn things!
Yep yep yep, Ever since I received my plant 4 years ago it has given me stalks of rhubarb. Each two years you can split your rhubarb to give you a whole new plant! It fruits every two weeks from May- September. It’s definitely my most rewarding crop, other than my lovely strawbs of course! All it needs is deep soil but it doesn’t hurt to put it in full sun.
Mine is in shade and my stalks are only Six-nine inches. I’m moving it out after September to a better spot so fingers crossed for next year!
Strawberries are Super versatile!
Much like a weed, these are super hardy, even with a frost they’ll come back year after year and bare fruit with no maintenance. I have around 30-35 plants now and each plant gives me 5-10 berries, I lose some to slugs ( I don’t put any protection down) but you could easily put some dry grass to stop slugs from eating your fruit, they don’t like the harshness so will steer clear.
Again, the more light and water the better but it’s not necessary. Mine are in almost full shade!
Tomatoes need water and warmth
One of the top picks for any new gardener. They’re easy to grow and super rewarding, giving 10-15 tomatoes per plant. All you have to do is keep it in a warm place and water it daily. Simple. It’s best to keep these potted as each plant dies so it’s easy to swap the pots out.
I wanted to include Mushrooms blackberries but they’re in abundance in parks and nature reserves, depending on the land holdings most public spaces allow foraging so I wouldn’t ever grow my own berries or shrooms. Just be wary if you’re foraging,keep to things you know!
Those are my top 20 picks for growing your own, have you got green fingers? What are your favourite fruits or veggies to grow at home?