That is a very general question. How about a little more information.
Start by telling us what you climate is like and what kind of plot you have,
its aspect and soil. Maybe you could go to the local library and borrow a
book or two on growing your own veges to paint the broader picture for you.
If you don't want it to be hit and miss there is. Your soil and climate
largely determine what you can grow without too much effort. To start with
you don't want to make it a lot of effort. Sure you can alter soil and
modify your microclimate but it's much easier if you don't have to. Head
for the library.
Easy to grow would be lettuces, Swiss chard, and spinach. If you can't
grow lettuces, Swiss chard, and spinach, then there is little you could
grow. Home grown lettuce has more flavor, and better texture than store
I agree with everything David has written, but with a varying degree of
effort, you can modify your growing environment, to some extent, with
various mulches, and enclosures. Organic mulches will cool the soil.
Plastic mulches will war the soil. Then you have a choice of enclosures
from row covers to greenhouses.
You might also consider raised beds, or simply growing in pots. Pot will
require watering more often.
In any case, "The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow."
Welcome to the New America.
The OP is likely from Ol Blighty where it isn't an issue but in very hot
seasons leafy veges will not give you much joy. This is not to be picky but
to generalise that there are very few universal generalisations in
Speaking of generalisations that's a goodun. Another way to say it is:
Q. What is the best skill a gardener can learn?
A. To be a good observer.
You were generalizing about generalizations?
I'm not blind you know. It seemed likely that "duggenhole" is a Pom. I
wouldn't think that growing lettuce (salad if you will) would be much of
a problem north of the Mediterranean (apart from the Rhone Glacier,
where there aren't many gardeners).
Gotta be there to observe.
How much coffee you drinking these days?
Welcome to the New America.
not if you can afford many cameras, microphones
and know how to do digital filtering.
i'm still hoping for an air compressor and
a nice remote aiming tripod that can shoot
peas at the buggers. i kinda like the idea
of growing my own ammo.
> I'm a total novice and I'm thinking of growing some veg. Any advice what
> I should start with. What's easy to grow etc?
I would yes invest in some books or head to the library....but if you
want to grow easy thing, lettuce, onions, spring onions, herbs, potatoes
and certain cabbages are easy....
I wouldn't recommend sweetcorn as my did absolutely nothing here in the
peas, green beans, pumpkins,squashes, peppers, tomatoes and strawberries
have been hit n miss this year too! too wet, cold and not enough sun to
Feel free to ask me anything, I'm here to help....I am not a really
experienced veg gardener but I have my own allotment etc x
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