What Vegetables to Grow

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The best vegetables to grow in your Kitchen Garden

The general management of the garden, the kind of vegetables grown, and the quantities of each sort, must always depend on the requirements of you family and their preference for particular kinds of veg, so no positive or strict rules can be laid down on the subject of what vegetables to grow.

Where space does not permit the growing of all of the kinds desired, it is necessary to decide which may be most expedient to grow. This depends on various considerations, including the likes and dislikes for different varieties, the capabilities of the soil, and the facilities for purchase as well as what is really the most important factor, the keeping properties of the different kinds after being gathered, so that when a selection is limited, vegetables in which freshness is an important quality, should be chosen first.

With very few exceptions vegetables are best when used fresh from the garden; some kinds, however, deteriorate much quicker than others, and these it is particularly desirable to grow in the Home Garden.

Top veg to include in your planting

A small patch of Culinary Herbs, such as Sage, Thyme, Mint, Marjoram and Parsley, should not be omitted from your garden planning.                               

Salad plants, such as Lettuce, Radish, Spring, Onions, and Tomatoes, as well as Spinach and Silver Beet, are not good keepers and always look a little sad in supermarkets. Bags of fresh salad leaves are also really expensive in the shops, yet so easy to grow at home even where space is limited.

Peas and French Beans also lose their flavour and succulence in a very short time, and should be included if possible.

Space permitting, attention can then be given to Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Celery, as well as Root Crops, such as Carrots, Parsnips, Beet and Onions, for bulbing. These latter sorts suffer less than most others for keeping fresh.

Finally, I would then add to my veg to grow list the really expensive produce to buy, like asparagus, berries and currents.

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