Growing your own vegetables can be a fun and rewarding experience. It can be a solo activity, a family affair, or even a community project, if you are in a communal garden club.

I grow my veg in two large steel garden beds (2 x 1 metres), each with two square sections (each 1x1m), and occasionally add in a large half-barrel pot to grow potatoes.  How much you grow, is entirely dependent on the space you have. Some vegetables will happily grow in pots, while others prefer a bed.

Most vegetables are fairly easy to grow and manage, provided that you select the right varieties for your climate, and plant in the best season.

Vegetables attract fewer pests and casual snackers than fruit does, and therefore provide a greater yield. (An excess yield in fact, hence the “Using produce” section of the book)

If you are starting out, why not try the following to get things going:

  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Corn
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Use the drop down menu from the main menu (up the top) to access information on growing different types of vegetables.