There is something very satisfying about eating vegetables and fruit that you have grown yourself from seed, in your own garden. You can also be sure that you are getting as much of the goodness out of them as possible, as you harvest them when they are ripe – which is when they have the most nutrition, and eat them straight away when they are fresh. Supermarket vegetables have travelled for miles and been sat on shelves for days, so by the time they are being chopped up to make into a stew, they have lost a lot of their nutritional value.
Furthermore, your own fruit and vegetables are truly organic. You know you have not used chemicals and pesticides on your own produce, so you can be sure that what you are eating is healthy and wholesome.
So, what are the top fruit and vegetables that you can grow at home with ease and get the most benefit from in your own garden?
Peas are an extremely satisfying item to grow. They are so good because of the pods – and there is nothing more fun than podding your own peas. Plant them in containers to begin with, making sure you leave a few centimetres between each one and adding some kind of support sticks for the peas to grow up. Lolly pop sticks are ideal to begin with, but climbing peas may need an entire trellis – so check the variety before you buy! Make sure the soil is fertile and plant your peas every two to three weeks in spring if you want to have a continual supply of them during the autumn months. You can find more tips on how to grow peas here.
Love them or hate them, they are easy to grow and full of goodness. Plus, if you haven’t tried them with fried bacon and chopped chestnut, then you are truly missing out. Get a range of containers that are around 16 inches deep to begin growing your vegetables, and start them off indoors. They should be planted around 6 weeks before the autumn frost to get the most from them.
So tomatoes are fruits, right? Anyway, regardless of that, they are one of the most popular items to grow at home, and that’s because it is so easy to get a decent tasting tomato. All you need is a bit of sun, some perfectly nourished soil, and some 18 inch deep containers, and you will be well on your way. Find out more about how to grow tomatoes perfectly on the Thompson Morgan blog.
Our final recommendation for growing at home are bell peppers. The reason these are on the list is because they are so good for you. Full of antioxidant vitamin C, a diet without peppers is a diet lacking. Aphids, such as greenflies and whiteflies, can be a problem when you are growing peppers, but there are some natural solutions. In fact, entice some ladybirds to your garden with a little bit of dill and fennel, and they will do the job for you!
As there are just so many fruit and vegetables that you can grow at home, I am considering making this into a series, so look out for my future posts on the subject. Happy growing!