Friday 2 June 2017

What should you grow in your garden?

Growing your own vegetables can seem a little daunting at first – and then after hours in the garden the novelty can wear off, leading to people giving up at the first hurdle. However, help is now at hand! With the help of Suttons, a premium seeds retailer, we can provide you with the best fruit and veg to grow in your own garden, and how you can incorporate them into some fresh, healthy meals.


If you are looking for a hassle-free vegetable to grow in your garden, then peas might be for you. They sprout well in cooler weather, so springtime beginning in March is always a good time to start growing them. Remember, once you’ve planted the seeds, the peas need support from the stems; use either chicken wire or other netting between supports at the end of each row. Peas taste even better straight from the ground, and you can use them as part of a green vegetable medley – or alongside a lean meat to finish off a dish. The best thing about them is that the more you pick – the more they produce!


Usually grown during spring, potatoes are a part of the carbohydrate group which is one of your main macronutrients that should be part of your diet. They are the staple of most dishes, and go great with a lean steak or as a jacket with tuna. The growing process is also fun: plant your seed potatoes in a potato bag and as the green shoots start to sprout, cover them again with compost. Keep doing this until your potato bag is full, and then you can start watering them. Wait around 10 to 20 weeks until the foliage begins to go yellow, and then tip your bag upside down to see all of the potatoes that you’ve managed to grow!

Spring Onions and Radishes

You have a choice of two methods when it comes to growing these vegetables. Either way, they require a lot of sunlight to grow, so summer is the perfect season to plant. They can be grown either in a pot in the garden, or you can sow them straight into the ground as we lead into the warmer summer weather. Both are ideal within a fresh, flavorsome salad; the spring onion provides a sharp, sweet crunch – whereas the radish can add a natural pepperiness to the dish.

Goji Berries

Despite the exotic nature of the fruit, goji berries can be grown in a British climate perfectly fine. They are surprisingly tough as a shrub and can grow in windy coastal areas, but they also require plenty of sunlight so again, summer is the perfect season for growing goji berries. The fruit is extremely juicy and are rich in nutrients. Mix in a blender on a morning with other fruits and natural yoghurt to make a superfood smoothie to help you face the day every day. Or alternatively, use the fruit as a topping for your morning cereal to give it an exotic twist.


As a classic British fruit, the blackberry can easily be grown in your own garden. To grow them, take the plant and train the stem into wires so that they are easier to harvest when they fruit. They can grow anywhere in the garden as they don’t need a lot of light or attention. If you don’t want to deal with thorns, then use a variety such as the Apache. They are popular when pair up with overnight breakfast porridge. To make this sweet but nutritional breakfast, take rolled oats and pour either coconut soy milk or usual soy milk over the top of them (only enough to soak them). Mix your blackberries in and then leave it overnight to chill in the fridge. When you take it out in the morning, it’ll be a creamy texture perfect for a fresh spring day. 
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