How to grow your own Veg

  At last, growing your own veg is trendy and popular. Everyone wants to know how to grow our own veg. Growing your own veg guarantees freshness, you know what you are eating,  as well as being great fun. You can grow your own veg if you only have a balcony or small space; there are lots of vegetables  suitable for growing in containers check out the 10 Best Veg to grow in containers. As long as you have sun, and plenty of watering, you can get good crops from container grown veg. 

Each type of vegetable has different growing requirements and below are links to growing guides how to grow your own veg; how and when to plant. Each veg described is colour coded to help you pick what suits you to grow. There is only so much time available and to help you choose green wheelbarrow are  easy to grow and low maintenance vegetables, amber medium and Red more difficult or time consuming.

A good starting point once you have decided what you would like to grow is whether to buy Mini plants or Seeds? Seeds are cheaper but more time consuming, mini plants are easy and convenient, but for some crops such as peas and beans you may need to buy quite a lot. Some vegetables are very easy to grow from seed, such as peas, runner, broad and French beans, courgettes, and rocket.

Some vegetables need a long growing season and if you garden in less than ideal conditions buying a small plant gives you a head start. Examples would be chilies, large beefsteak style tomatoes, squashes and sweet corn if growing in more exposed parts of the country and small plant is a good starting point.

Most vegetables require a good amount of sun but there are a few which will tolerate some shade. Dwarf green beans , salad leaves, radishes, spinach, chard and a number of herbs; coriander, parsley, and chives. 

Top 10 tips on growing from seed and video guide.


Our weather is becoming more extreme and hot summers can be fierce in the veg plot. Check out blog How to Protect Vegetables from Extreme Heat.

Easy to grow vegetables

Green wheelbarrow easy to grow veg

Green Wheelbarrow: easy to grow veg

Some Veg are easier to grow and less time-consuming, which is a good place to start. There are a lot of vegetables which are easy to grow such as onionsgarlicpotatoes, lettuce, the bean familyrunner beansbroad beanspeaschilliescourgettes, strawberries, and herbs

Click on the links for individual detailed growing guides

amber wheelbarrrow means medium difficulty to grow

Amber Wheelbarrow: medium difficulty to grow veg

These veg are a bit more time consuming to grow, requiring a little more time and attention. They are medium difficulty to grow, such as Carrotsleekscucumbers.

Red wheelbarrow means time consuming to grow

Red Wheelbarrow: difficult/time consuming to grow veg

Most vegetables are easy to grow as the green wheelbarrow shows. In the category of red wheelbarrow I would put tomatoes. They are not necessarily difficult to grow, but they are time consuming to grow and do require some knowledge to get a tasty crop. A guide to How to grow tomatoes and more about tomatoes. 

Does crop rotation matter?

Crop rotation does matter.  The long history of gardening wisdom is clear that to keep planting the same veg, in the same bit of garden, will not work in the long run. It makes sense because the same veg will use up the same nutrient from the soil and risk the build up of the same diseases. To keep growing the same veg will remove the same nutrient and the idea of crop rotation is to prevent this happening thus keeping the soil in better condition and producing better yields.

The idea is that the crop which is planted is one which replaces the nutrients the last crop depleted. It is not as complicated as it sounds, and if you are intending to grow your own for a number of years you will need a crop rotation plan. If you are growing in containers, which are emptied out each year cleaned and replenished with fresh compost this is not a problem. However, if you are growing veg in the same area each year you will need a plan and following this link for more advice and a suitable crop rotation plan.