View Full Version : Whats the easiest thing to grow in a UK garden ?
08-15-2008, 05:34 PM
My parents have quite a big garden with nothing but grass on it.
Tell me everything I can do to grow anything and be as simple as possible if you can.
And what grows fastest?
08-20-2008, 11:24 PM
I'm not in the UK, rather in the US, Pacific Northwest, which probably has a climate similar to the UK. In my garden, the best vegetables to grow are all root vegetables and cool season vegetables. Lettuces do well along with peas, swiss chard is excellent. Right now I have zucchini growing like crazy, also other squashes. I also have artichokes, but I don't know, if you have to be near the ocean for them to do well. I know the artichoke capital of the US is coastal Northern California. Most herbs do great. If your summers are warm enough, you can grow tomatoes and cucumbers, green beans, etc. Google "heirloom seeds" and it should come up with all the stuff that has traditionally been grown in your area.
08-22-2008, 05:57 PM
willl check it
09-05-2008, 11:47 PM
www.pfaf.org. They have some really cool ideas on how to grow food.
09-06-2008, 12:18 AM
radishes are very fast . loose leaf lettuces and spinach are fast .
dont bury seeds too deep , a quarter inch deep is a good depth . and even lesser . too deep and many seeds shall never sprout out of soil .
youve got to dig up all the grass roots currently there or theyll come back and choke out the seeds you plant .
once your seeds sprout straw is a good cover to sprinkle around them in order to keep weeds down / hold moisture in / and eventually break down to add texture and nutrients to soil . the textures important over time or the soil gets too compacted / hard making it difficult for roots to grow deep into which thusly makes your plants less vital / productive .
bloomsdale spinach is a good reliable variety of spinach to grow in my experience . and the romaine type lettuces are also good / reliable types .
ide check out www.motherearthnews.com for gardening advice
being your in uk and thusly maybe close to ocean seaweeds a good natural fertilizer to add to soil every year .
being its near fall kale would be a good green to grow because its cold tolerant .
09-08-2008, 10:24 PM
You could grow Cress.
I'm not sure if any food could grow faster. It'll sprout in soil to 1 inch in just 2 days, and reach 3-4 inches in just another few days. It'll grow so fast that it'll dry out the ground so you'd have to keep watering it. Maybe once a day at least.
Out of everything I've grown so far cress has grown the fastest grower by far. I've grown over 20 different herbs. It's also so easy to grow schools grow cress to teach children about plants.
It's nutrient profile is excellent as well. Great on salads. :)
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