Salads are a great way to add colour to any patio or garden and easy to grow me like beetroot and cabbage are ideal for planting. They are very low maintenance vegetables which means you can plant them almost anywhere. Salad leaves can be planted from seed or bought as starter plants. Beets are another very easy to grow vegetable that will add an attractive feature to any patio or garden. They are very hardy and will withstand some drought conditions. Here are some more tips for planting vegetables like beetroot and cabbage.
Salad leaves are a great way to add colour to your garden and some of the most beautiful vegetables to grow in the UK. Salad plants come in many shapes, colours and are very quick to grow too. The best time to plant them is just before spring as they enjoy a hot summer. The main problem is that they don’t have very much room to expand so you do need to ensure they get plenty of sunlight and good drainage. Another great tip is to plant them in potting soil as this is very easy for them to use.
Another easy to grow veg that can be planted easily is beetroot. Like most vegetables they do require a bit of regular maintenance but not too much. I would recommend you use either organic or compost fertiliser when growing beetroot. A quick straw rinse after each watering will go a long way to ensuring that the garden doesn’t end up with a muddy bottom. To plant beets, I would recommend using pots as pots allow for easy watering. The beauty of growing beetroots in pots is that they can then be placed outside.
Courgettes are another of the easiest to grow vegetables to grow and also one of the cheapest. They are extremely hardy and can cope with a range of conditions. The one of the easiest ways to ensure your courgette plant becomes well established is to plant them in a variety of containers. They love moisture so drainage holes are a must and planting them in pots will ensure that they are well cared for
Chilies love some direct sunlight, so if you want to provide them with the additional light they need try planting chilies either in a raised bed or with pots. They are an ideal crop to grow wide with most varieties reaching around two feet in height. One of the easiest growing vegetables in containers is the standard carrot. If you decide to go the cheap option and use supermarket carrot tops then you’ll be surprised at just how easy chillies can be.
Tomatoes can be an expensive vegetable but unlike many others it’s fairly easy to grow them. You can buy them frozen but if you want to add a bit of colour and flavour to them then you could try growing them from fresh tomatoes. Just remember to keep them cool so that they don’t bruise. Some of the cheaper varieties like baby carrots and sweet potatoes can also be grown quite happily in pots. Just remember to water them often to prevent root rot and keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t overheat.
Rosemary is an easy to grow herb and as long as you prune them regularly they will provide you with years of enjoyment. It’s a fantastic idea to plant Rosemary in groups as they tend to do well when growing in large groups. Try growing a mixture of different herbs as it’s much easier to control their growth rate when they’re in separate pots. When you’re first starting out, I’d advise sticking to the easier growing vegetables as there will be more time to work on the harder seedlings. I recommend starting with a nice mix of carrots, basil, chives and oregano, with an extra layer of spinach next to the potatoes for an extra nutritional boost.
If you don’t fancy growing your own vegetables, I suggest you start out by growing peas. Peas are very easy to care for and they grow really well in pots. You could try growing peas with carrots, basil, chives or spinach next to the pot in order to keep the amount of vegetables down. If you keep your pets happy and healthy then you could end up eating a massive pile of fresh vegetables every week!