Growing Your Own Vegetables
Vegetable by Vegetable
One of the first things that we have to decide is the kinds of vegetable that we would like to grow.
This is bound to be a personal choice as no two people have exactly the same likes and dislikes. However, whilst the I have included much information within this site on the subject of many individual vegetables, it is by no means complete, it does include all the most popular vegetables and those that are unlikely to go out of fashion.
You will notice that only a few of the best varieties have been named. This is deliberate, as the different seed houses have their own favourites and any selection will probably be out of date by the time you read it.
One of the most important aspects of each kind of vegetable is the recommended spacing. In many cases, these will be at variance with the instructions on the packet. Which you follow is up to you, but the ones that are given here are those recommended by the former National Vegetable Research Station, now the Institute of Horticultural Research, Wellesbourne, where for many years they carried out detailed trials to determine the optimum number of plants per square yard to give the heaviest yield of highest quality vegetables.
Very often the spacing is closer than you’ll see elsewhere, but the original spacing was often designed to give the best individual plants rather than combining this with the maximum yield from a given area.
I only mention the principal pests and diseases for each vegetable.
The yields I mention are very approximate and are simply an indication of what you might expect. The yield will depend, to a certain degree, on the variety, but the deciding factor will be the way that the crop is grown.
Click on each of the following to learn more about growing each individual vegetable: