Grow your own low maintenance fruit & veg: what to plant and when

Grow your own low maintenance fruit & veg

What to plant and when


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One positive that has come out of the Covid pandemic is that we have all been able to spend a bit more time in the garden.

Whether you have a well established veggie patch or are just beginning to think about putting one in, knowing what to plant and when to plant it is a key element to your garden’s success.

Below is a collection of popular crops that can be planted this summer for the perfect low maintenance, high-yield, at-home garden.

Strawberries

Plant: March – May

Harvest: June – August

Strawberries are a fantastic crop for gardeners of all abilities. They grow almost anywhere, produce a high yield for up to three years and are easy to maintain.

For best results, strawberry plants should be planted in the Spring (March-May).

Water frequently whilst your plant is establishing and keep it covered with netting. Wildlife will be sure to appreciate your strawberry crop just as much as you do.

During the ripening period, check your plants every other day, removing your hard earned fruit quickly so they don’t rot on the vine.

There is nothing like that fresh from the garden flavour – delish.

Tomatoes

Plant: May-June

Harvest: July-October

Tomatoes are one of the most rewarding crops to plant.

High-yield and low maintenance, they grow best in full sunshine.

Plant outdoors in May-June and you’ll be enjoying that sweet and earthy home-grown flavour from July-October.

Tomatoes should be watered every two to three days and left on the vine until red and plump.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

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Tomato plants don’t have a long lifespan – typically only lasting for one season.

However you can grow a brand new plant by sowing tomato seeds in indoor pots during February-April.

Infinite tomatoes!

Rhubarb

Plant: May-June

Harvest: July-October

Much like the tomato is really a fruit, rhubarb is really a vegetable.

That’s right – the classic Parsley Box Apple and Rhubarb Crumble, is in reality a delicious “fruit and vegetable” dessert.

Rhubarb is easy to grow.

It is best planted in April-May and harvested between June and September.

Rhubarb grows well in an open, sunny environment.

It doesn’t need much watering once it has been established.

Leave it alone and let it thrive.

Carrots

Plant: February-June

Harvest: July-October

Carrots can be a bit of work to sow but once they are planted, they don’t require much care.

Soil preparation is important. Carrots grow best in light, sandy soil so make sure to break down any lumps or clumps before planting.

You can plant them any time in the first half of the year and be enjoying delicious, crunchy carrots in around four months.

Carrots don’t need a lot of watering, but you’ll want to keep your hard work covered with netting or light mesh to protect them from being munched on by pests.

Beetroot

Plant: April-June

Harvest: July-October

Oh beetroot, you sweet, delicious vegetable.

What could be better at a summertime BBQ than serving up a side of vibrant, earthy beets and smugly informing your friends that you grew them yourself?

Beetroots are ideal for the beginner gardener. They can grow just as well in pots as they can in the ground.

Plant them between April and June and you will be harvesting from July to October.

Give them high quality soil and water your beetroot regularly.

You might want to cover them with a light mesh as their colourful leaves attract pesky birds that will find your beets just as delicious as you do.

Well what are you waiting for? It’s time to get out in the garden and plant, plant, plant!

We would love to hear your tips and tricks for planting fruit and veg, as well as some photos of your bumper crop.