It’s so rewarding to grow your own crops with fresh and tasty produce harvested straight from your own garden. If you’re new to growing your own vegetables you may be intimidated or unsure where to start or which crops to select.
In this section we choose a variety of easy vegetables for you to try, perfect for starting out. These crops can all be grown in containers or sacks, so you need not worry about cultivating the soil which is a necessity if you are growing straight in the ground.
Once you’ve done a year’s growing you’ll have the confidence to go on and start growing directly in soil as well as in containers.
But for now, here’s a guide to growing crops in containers. Here’s a list of the basics you’ll need when starting out. Purchase these items first so you’re well-stocked and well-prepared.
These are the bare essentials for easy-growing; get hold of these and you’ve fought half the battle.
- Border fork a small/lighter garden fork (perfect for breaking up large clumps in the soil)
- Spade a smaller/lighter garden spade (perfect for digging out soil and adding soil back around plants)
- Trowel a ‘hand’ spade (perfect for planting in containers and baskets)
- Hand fork (perfect for breaking up clumps when planting containers)
- Watering can with a spout sprinkler called a ‘rose’ (perfect for watering plants in containers)
- Gardening gloves (perfect for keeping your hands protected from thorns or hairy leaves)
- Hoe/weeder (perfect for uprooting surface weeds)
- Secateurs ‘garden scissors’ (perfect for cutting stems that are dead)
- Left-handed secateurs (perfectly adapted for left-handed growers)
Different soils are best for plants at different stages of development. Get hold of the main ones here and you’ll have the basics you need.
- Bag of general purpose compost (perfect for planting)
- Bag of seed compost (perfect for sowing seeds)
- Bag of Vegetable Growing compost (perfect for growing vegetables, rich in nutrients)
Container growing is great! By growing plants in containers you can choose the soil they grow in, water easily and create healthy and manageable crops even in a small area. There are lots of containers on the market to suit different tastes but we recommend the following to start off.
- Pair of square pots - perfect for modern garden designs
- Pair of round pots - perfect for more traditional gardens
- Trough-style pot - long, rectangular container for window-sill-like displays
- Potato Gro-Sacks - easy-fill potato sacks you simply fill with soil and plant your potatoes
- Gro-Beds - Easy-fill and space-saving long sacks perfect for growing tomatoes and greens
- Wooden planter - Versatile and robust long container great for growing root vegetables and greens
If you are sowing seeds or growing young plants, a greenhouse is perfect for this. They provide the maximum light and cool temperatures ideal for most seeds and plants to really get going before planting into containers.
If you’re on a budget yet still looking for the perfect place to give plants that light and cool temperature as they are growing into young plants, we have coldframes and PatioGro extensions that do the job nicely.
You can use window-sills too to grow seeds and young plants – but fluctuations in temperature from central heating may hinder growth. By a window in a garden shed, is a good place.
Potatoes (in Gro-Sacks)
Tomatoes (outdoor bush varieties)
Self-pollinating Apple Trees