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

GROWING TIPS FOR SALSIFY and SCORZONERA

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

How to Cultivate Peas

Peas are excellent summer crops, which need a deeply cultivated soil. The first crop should be sown on light soil in a sunny, sheltered spot, in February. On heavy soil, however, this sowing should be left till March. Successional crops may be sown up to Juno. The seeds should be sown thinly in broad drills. … Read more

How to Cultivate Asparagus

Asparagus plants prefer a deep sandy loam. Plant in April, spreading out the roots and setting the plants 15 inches apart, the crowns to be 5 inches below the surface. When cutting, it should be remembered that no shoots should be removed the first year, a moderate quantity the second, and freely afterwards. The shoots … Read more

HOW TO GROW VEGETABLES

Vegetables can be just as interesting to grow as flowers and a well-kept vegetable garden can be as attractive, to the eye of the gardener, as any flower border. This attractiveness can be increased by adopting the old-fashioned practice of laying out the vegetable garden as a pattern formed by geometrically shaped and arranged beds. … 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

Best Methods Of Potato Cultivation

POTATOES (1) Obtain your seed potatoes in late winter and place them rose end (that is the end with most of the shoots or ‘eyes’) uppermost in seed trays, or empty egg cartons, which should then be placed in a cool, airy, light (but not sunny) spot such as a shed or garage so that … Read more

How To Grow Lettuce

There are three types of lettuce, the cabbage, cos and loose leaf. Choice may be determined by personal taste, some people liking the crispness of the cos, while others prefer the softness of the cabbage and loosetleaf types. Soil must be rich and well prepared to encourage quick growth. Manure or compost should be worked … Read more

Cauliflower Quick Growing Guide

CAULIFLOWER Sowing to harvest time: 18 to 24 weeks for summer and autumn varieties; 40 weeks for winter varieties. Yield: 1 kg (21b) per plant. Climate preferred: Cool temperate to subtropical. Aspect: Open, but sheltered from cold winds. Soil: Rich, fertile loam, but sandy soils are suitable if plenty of organic material has been incorporated … Read more