Now I’m no gardening expert, but since getting my own garden I’ve spent more time outside tending to my flowers and plants. I have a little herb garden, lots of pots full of pretty floral arrangements and I’ve now begun growing my own fruit and vegetables!
If you’re like me, and you’d like to start growing your own produce, you are best starting slowly. Choose a few that you’d like to try and don’t take too much maintenance. If it goes well, you can go from there. I started with a pre-grown tomato plant from my local gardening and DIY shop and experimented with other produce as I became more confident. For home gardeners, polytunnels are ideal as they’re lightweight plastic greenhouses; ideal for growing fruit and vegetables. Even if you have a small garden, you can grow your own.
With that in mind, here are some fruits and vegetables perfect for beginner gardeners!
As I said, tomatoes were the first things I grew. I was looking for some herbs, and came across a tiny tomato plant. It had been grown by the store, but it had a long way to go so I simply popped it into a large pot with lots of fresh soil and let it grow.
Tomato plants need to be placed by a wall where it can reach the sunlight. It will also need support as it grows; tomato plants are heavy and will not grow straight unless tied to garden sticks or something similar. All you need to do is make sure you water the plant regularly and snip off any excess leaves. I have had a few tomatoes this summer and they’ve been delicious; it’s such a good feeling knowing you’ve grown food yourself!
If you don’t have a garden, you can grow mushrooms from your kitchen, find out how here.
When I was growing up, my mother always had a supply of rhubarb straight from the garden. Rhubarb can be grown from seeds but it’s easier to plant dormant crowns. You can grow it in the ground or in pots, making it very versatile. It’s also quite a hardy plant and should grow back year upon year with little maintenance.
Everyone’s autumnal favourite, pumpkins are surprisingly easy to grow. You can start them off either in pots or in a greenhouse/polytunnel. Once they begin to grow you’ll need to plant them spaced apart in the ground (so you’ll need a good amount of space for growing pumpkins – this won’t work if you only have a windowsill) and once they’re harvested you can use them for Halloween, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pies and roasted pumpkin seeds!
Strawberries are everyone’s favourite and perfect for beginners. You need to plant them late spring/early summer, but strawberries will grow in pretty much anything including pots, hanging baskets and the ground. The plants basically look after themselves and should come back for a good three years, making them a great investment!
Herbs are perfect for beginner gardeners. I have a collection of rosemary, curry plant, lemon plant and sage in pots – and I love it! They’re very easy to look after, just make sure you use them and water them regulalry. I love to pop some rosemary in a Mediterranean gin like Gin Mare.
Do you grow any fruit and vegetables? I’d love to hear your tips!