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Growing Your Own Vegetables and Fruit

Updated on May 13, 2011

With the current economic climate, choosing to grow your own food makes very good sense. As well as saving money, there are health benefits to eating fresh, home grown, organic produce.

If you’re not much of a gardener but want to start your own vegetable patch, the first thing you need to do is come up with a list of what you and your family want to eat. Otherwise, it can feel quite confusing looking at the vast array of seeds and types of vegetables available for you to grow.

You need to start at the beginning…don’t be tempted to just run out and buy loads of seeds. List all the fruit and vegetables that your family likes to eat, then eliminate the ones that you are not going to be able to grow. If you have very sandy soil, cauliflowers and cabbages don’t do well, but carrots and parsnips should. Some veg such as sweet peppers and aubergines need pampering and can be difficult to grow. They could be something to leave until later when you’ve got the hang of the basics.

Potatoes are Easy

On the other hand, potatoes are quite easy to grow and are great for your soil, but you will need to have enough space to store your crops over winter. Grow a couple of rows of new potatoes for their wonderful flavor – and when you see the price of the first new potatoes in the shops, you’ll find they taste even better!

Absolute beginners should try salad leaves, lettuce, carrots, potatoes, beetroot, string beans, radishes, courgettes, peas, onions, tomatoes, sweetcorn, spinach and broad beans. Some fruit can be quite complex when it comes to pruning, so it’s best to try strawberries first. Pick five or six varieties you would like to start with and you can always try growing other sorts of fruit and vegetables in the future.

Growing Vegetables in Containers

Lots of new varieties of vegetables do well in containers, so no matter how limited your space, there are still vegetables that you can grow.

Containers for Growing Strawberries or Tomatoes

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  • Litany Notch profile image

    Litany Notch 8 years ago from South UK

    @ Montana Farm Girl

    Having freezing nights during June is tough! Our main problem this year with a warm wet Spring has been slugs! Thousands of 'em. I won't put any poison down as I try to stay organic and also I worry about the birds.

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    Montana Farm Girl 8 years ago from Northwestern Montana

    Nice hub~~ this year our summer just arrived...until about a month ago, we had freezing temps during the night, many of us lost all our veggies we had planted in the ground or containers!! Last year at this time, I had tomato plants 6 feet tall...this year, I have three little scraggly plants, with a few on them...sad!!! No one has a good crop this year! Most people don't plant outside til after memorial day, but this year it was much later and we are all suffering for it :-(. OUr remedy in case this happens again: My husband and I are building a nice greenhouse (out of old paned windows :-)~~ I could not even plant my window boxes this year, as no one in town brought in flowers til late and did not reorder...sad!!!!

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    R. Blue 8 years ago from Right here

    I grew up on a farm....when Spring comes I just have to plant something.

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    agrande 8 years ago from Oregon, USA

    very nice and informative hub on growing your own vegetables and fruit

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    Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

    Excellent hub. Tha rewards are endless both mentally and physically. Thank you!