April is one of the most productive times of year for gardeners. It’s when the frost begins to subside and the soil is warm enough for many seeds to germinate. It might be worth setting up a little garden and planting some easy to grow vegetables.
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you can grow your own food from seeds starting today. It doesn’t matter if you have a single pot, a windowsill or an entire allotment.
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Try these easy to grow vegetables for little work and delicious pay-off.
Quick Growing Salad
Some salad vegetables and root vegetables can grow within four weeks. When sowing seeds always be careful not to use the whole packet. When you harvest the vegetables, you can sow more seeds. This will ensure you always have a supply of fresh, delicious salad!
The most popular quick growing vegetables are:
- Small turnips
They can all be sown direct, taking the hard work out of growing your own.
Beans and Peas
If you’re looking for easy to grow vegetables, try planting some beans and peas. It takes a bit of work to set them up, but they don’t need much attention once you’ve planted them.
There are many beans and peas you can sow from as early as January. French and runner beans will only germinate from April onwards.
If you are growing runner beans, make sure you have support for the vines. Make sure you set aside time for harvesting, too. It can be quite laborious removing the strings and slicing the beans.
French beans are a little more fragile and will wilt in the frosts. You can cut the risk by planting these in pots and bringing them inside if the temperature drops.
Peas are ideal and you can eat them straight from the pod. Nothing tastes better than a fresh home-grown pea!
There are some vegetables that aren’t easy to find in grocery stores. That is, of course, unless you’re in a more hipster part of town. Many can be grown at home and have health benefits that make people wonder why they aren’t more common.
Like the quick growing veg, some of these will be ready to harvest within weeks. They include:
- Swiss Chard (Choose the bright lights variety for a big splash of colour. You can eat the leaves as well as the stalks)
If you don’t have a lot of space, there are many fruits and vegetables that can be grown on the windowsill.
You can try these easy to grow vegetables that take up little space and time.
- Small Cucumbers
- Money-maker Tomatoes
- Basil, parsley and other herbs
Plant them in pots and place them on a deep sill with lots of light. They will need a little support as they grow but they look and smell fantastic. They also produce much more than the standard houseplant. If you love cooking, you can just grab a handful of deliciousness from your kitchen window.
The Rest of the Veg Population
Almost all vegetables can be sown right now. From parsnips to carrots and cauliflower to cabbage, the list is almost endless. Brassicas and root vegetables need a little more attention and a longer commitment.
Potatoes can be grown in bags or sacks, or in a deep pot or box. Just remember to bank up the soil or compost when you see leaves. Keep going until months have passed and the plant begins to flower.
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