Best Vegetables For Small Scale Food Production

Beans, Dwarf French Dwarf French beans give you more edible produce per unit area used than any other vegetable. They’re easy to grow provided you get the soil right. They like sun, sun and more sun, and will even yield well in drought conditions. Soil Choose a sunny situation in the vegetable garden and unless … Read more

How to grow and harvest sweet corn

Home-grown sweetcorn is a real delight, and, with some of the most recent hybrids, remarkably easy to grow. Sowing to harvest: 12 to 16 weeks. Yield: At least two cobs to a plant. Conditions preferred: Cool temperate to subtropical. Positioning: Open and sunny. Soil: Any, if enriched with compost. Sowing and planting The soil for … Read more

Growing and Harvesting Radishes

Sowing to harvest time: summer varieties, 4 to 6 weeks; winter varieties, 10 to 12 weeks. Yield: summer varieties, 2 kg (4.5 lb) to a 3m (10 ft) row; winter varieties, 44 kg (101b) to a 3m (10ft) row.   Climate preferred: Cool temperate. Aspect: Open, but will tolerate some shade. Soil: Ordinary, provided it … Read more


Sowing to harvest time: 26 to 30 weeks. Yield: 3kg (6.5 lb) to a 3m (10ft) row. Climate preferred: Cool temperate to subtropical. Aspect: Open and sunny or partially shaded. Soil: Any, provided it is well-drained. Salsify, which is white-skinned, has a distinctive, somewhat fishy taste. Hence its other name: the vegetable oyster.  Scorzonera, which … Read more

Spinach Growing

SPINACH Sowing to harvest time: 8 to 15 weeks. Yield: 230gm (8oz) to a plant. Aspect: Shaded for summer varieties; open but sheltered for winter varieties. Climate preferred: Cool temperate. Soil type: Deep, moist and fertile. Spinach can be tricky to produce on account of its natural tendency to run to seed instead of producing … Read more