Turnips are not the large woody vegetable people suggest they are, home-grown turnips are actually a really tasty vegetable that is easy to grow. The secret not to having ‘woody’ turnips is to harvest and eat them while they are still small. Leaving turnips to grow too large is the main reason that they become tasteless.
Let’s be honest, most people consider spinach as a vegetable that is unattractive and tasteless, something that only Popeye would dare to eat. Home grown spinach actually tastes incredibly tasty and is really healthy to eat. So let’s get rid of the Popeye image that everyone suggests and concentrate on how amazing it is.
This is one of the easiest vegetables to grow as sowing and looking after the plants is really straightforward. Another reason why swedes are grown so much is because they are ready for harvesting when no other crop is available. Very similar to turnips, swedes are much tastier, the taste is milder and sweeter.
Radishes are quick to crop and really easy to grow meaning they are an ideal vegetable for children, new gardeners and experienced gardeners alike to grow. Radishes grow quickly and trouble free in most situations, usually maturing within three to six weeks meaning that they really are one of the quickest vegetables you can grow.
Not many people grow parsnips, over the last few years parsnips have become less and less popular. I was just reading through one of the seed catalogues and the particular company now sells one variety of Parsnip, last year they sold 7. Parsnip germination rates can be extremely low.
When growing onions it is best to grow them from sets, these are immature bulbs that have been grown especially for planting. There are several advantages over growing from seeds, onion sets are much quicker growing, they are less likely to get attacked by pests and disease and they tend not to bolt as much
Lettuce is such an easy vegetable to grow, extremely popular with gardeners who grow in containers and small vegetable gardens it is a must grow for every gardener. The fact that within 6 weeks you could be harvesting your own vegetables entices many people to begin growing their own lettuce.
Leeks are a fairly easy vegetable to grow and one of the mildest tasting vegetable in the onion family. Rather than producing a bulb, as most onions do, leeks are grown for their long stems with the white and pale green parts of the stems used in soups, stews and casseroles.
Swiss Chard also known as Leaf Beet and Seakale Beet is quickly becoming an extremely popular and very desirable vegetable to grow. A good source of beta carotene and so easy to grow the brightly coloured leafy stalks look fabulous in any vegetable garden or even in the flower beds.
French beans are delicious. The tasty beans are picked while still small and when cooked that size they taste out of this world. I don’t think British gardeners give this vegetable the praise it deserves, it still seems that runner beans are more popular with gardeners, I don’t know why!