Top 10 easy to grow vegetables, fruit & salad seeds and plants for beginners

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Do you dream of harvesting your own home-grown foods, but just don’t know where to start?

Wondering which vegetables you should grow at home? From pots to plots, there are easy to grow vegetables to suit gardens of every size. Growing vegetables isn’t complicated. Here’s our infographic, which we’ve also broken down into handy, bite-size pieces to show you which are the easiest vegetables to grow and some useful tips on how to grow your own. Read on!

1. Salad Leaves

Crunchy fresh leaves with a fantastic range of textures and flavours. Try sowing our easy Salad ‘Speedy Mix’ throughout the summer months, and you’ll be cutting fresh leaves for your sandwiches just 3 weeks later! Better still, they will continue growing so you can harvest them again and again. See our full range of salad seeds here.

2. Radishes

Spice up your salads with crunchy, peppery radishes. They’re easy to grow in containers, or sow them directly into the ground throughout the summer for a succession of crunchy, colourful crops. ‘French Breakfast 3‘ is a popular old variety that has stood the test of time, while ‘Rainbow Mixed‘ will give you a colourful visual treat for your plate as well as masses of flavour!

3. Potatoes

A fun crop to grow Plant potatoes during late February and March in potato bags that are only part filled with compost. When the green shoots begin to appear above the soil, simply cover them with more compost. Repeat until the bag is full, and then you only need remember to water them! The real fun comes at the end of the season, 10 to 20 weeks later when the foliage starts to yellow and die back. Tip the bag out and rummage around in the soil to collect up your own home-grown potatoes. Potatoes are such easy vegetables to grow at home!

4. Peas

Peas are a trouble-free crop that enjoy cooler weather. Sow them directly into the ground from March to June and look forward to the incredible sweet flavour of fresh picked peas from June to August. All they need is support for their stems – simply erect some chicken wire or netting between supports at each end of the row. You’ll be amazed at how good fresh peas taste – and the more that you pick them, the more they produce!

5. Spring onions

Give your salads a tangy crunch with some quick-growing spring onions. Companion planting with mint will help to deter onion fly. Try ‘White Lisbon‘ for a crop that’ll overwinter, or ‘Performer‘ for a milder taste.

6. Broad Beans

What could be simpler! Sow Broad Beans in spring in small 7.5cm (3″) pots of compost, and within a few weeks these quick growing beans will make sturdy plants that can be planted out in the garden. If that sounds like too much work, then sow them directly in the ground. Watch the bees pollinate their pretty flowers and before you know it you will be harvesting a bumper crop of fresh picked beans from June onwards, with a flavour that puts supermarket beans to shame. Try ‘Robin Hood‘ for a fantastic yield, or ‘Masterpiece Green Longpod‘ for a gourmet crop.

7. Runner Beans

Almost as simple as broad beans and you can sow them in the same way. Runner beans are climbers so give them plenty of space and train them onto wires or a plant support frame. Keep them well watered and they will reward you with a constant supply in summer. Regular picking is essential – but that won’t be a problem when they taste so good! If you are short on space, why not try dwarf runner bean ‘Hestia’.

8. Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic are virtually maintenance-free crops and are such easy vegetables to grow. Simply plant onion bulbs and individual garlic cloves on well-drained soil in spring or autumn – then leave them to it! In late summer when the foliage yellows and dies back, you can lift them and dry them in the sun before storing them. What could be easier?

9. Tomatoes

Tomato plants are so quick that you can almost watch them grow, so they are the ideal easy vegetable for kids to cultivate. Choose a bush variety like ‘Romello’ that can be planted in hanging baskets and window boxes. Bush varieties don’t require training or side-shooting, so you only need to feed and water them before the fruit starts to pour from the plant!

10. Beetroot

For a super-easy to grow root vegetable try beetroot. Often used in salads but equally tasty eaten warm and freshly boiled as a vegetable. Beetroot can be sown directly into moist ground from March to July. As they grow, thin the seedlings to about 5cm apart. From May to September, you can look forward to harvesting your own colourful, succulent beetroot. ‘Boltardy‘ is a very popular variety, and ‘Boldor‘ has vibrant orange flesh and a sweet flavour.

Written by: Sue Sanderson at

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