What Fruit and Vegetables to grow in the UK

What Fruit and Vegetables to grow in the UK

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For many of us in the UK, to grow your own vegetables seems like a huge task that will take up too much time and energy, with long hours spent in the garden.  After the novelty of growing your own produce has worn off – many people simply give up. However, help is now at hand!

What Fruit and Vegetables to grow in the UK

With the help of Suttons, a premium seeds retailer, we can provide you with the best fruit and veg to grow in your own garden, and how you can incorporate them into some fresh, healthy meals.

Spring Onions and Radishes

These two vegetables can be grown either in a pot in the garden, or you can sow them straight into the ground as we lead into the warmer summer weather. Both are ideal within a fresh, flavoursome salad; the spring onion provides a sharp, sweet crunch – whereas the radish can add a natural pepperiness to the dish. Ideally, these vegetables grow in plenty of sunlight, so wait until the end of spring before you start planting your seeds.

Potatoes

This a great vegetable that you can grow during spring. Potatoes are the staple of most dishes, and go great with a lean steak or as a jacket with tuna. The growing process is also fun: plant your seeds in a potato bag and as the green shoots start to sprout, cover them again with compost. Keep doing this until your potato bag is full, and then you can start watering them. Wait around 10 to 20 weeks until the foliage begins to go yellow, and then tip your bag upside down to see all of the potatoes that you’ve managed to grow!

Blackberries

The blackberry is an old-time British classic that is incredibly simple to grow in your garden, and they go perfect with overnight breakfast porridge. To make this sweet but nutritional breakfast, take rolled oats and pour either coconut soy milk or usual soy milk over the top of them (only enough to soak them). Mix your blackberries in and then leave it overnight to chill in the fridge.

When you take it out in the morning, it’ll be a creamy texture perfect for a fresh spring day. To grow blackberries, take the plant and train the stem into wires so that they are easier to harvest when they fruit. They can grow anywhere in the garden as they don’t need a lot of light or attention. If you don’t want to deal with thorns, then use a variety such as the Apache.

Peas

Peas are a hassle-free vegetable to grow, that sprout well in cooler weather, so springtime beginning in March is always a good time to start growing them. Remember, once you’ve planted the seeds, the peas need support from the stems; use either chicken wire or other netting between supports at the end of each row.

Peas taste even better straight from the ground, and you can use them as part of a green vegetable medley – or alongside a lean meat to finish off a dish. The best thing about them is that the more you pick – the more they produce!

Goji Berries

Don’t let the exotic fruit fool you, these berries can grow perfectly fine in a British climate. They are surprisingly tough as a shrub and can grow in windy coastal areas, but make sure they’re exposed to plenty of sun as spring moves into the summer months. The fruit is extremely juicy and are rich in nutrients.

Mix in a blender on a morning with other fruits and natural yoghurt to make a superfood smoothie to help you face the day every day. Or alternatively, use the fruit as a topping for your morning cereal to give it an exotic twist.

Have you tried growing your own? Do you know of any other fruit and vegetables to grow in the UK? We have tried strawberries which were a great success!

16 Comments

  1. We have a pear tree that produces a good crop but our apple tree was destroyed by ivy which I didn’t get to in time.

  2. Good list, I’m terrible at gardening but like giving it a go. We did quite well with strawberries last year!

  3. I’d LOVE to grow my own fruit and have an endless fresh supply. Unfortunately I’m more of a black thumb, than a green one… 😉 x
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  4. I love growing my own. This year we are growing potatoes, strawberries, spring onions, Lettuce, corguetter, cucumber and tomatoes. I may try and squeeze in a few more too xx
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  5. I’ve tried Gig I berries several years without success
    Maybe it’s our northern climate

  6. We’ve tried strawberries before but nothing more adventurous sadly! We don’t have a garden which doesn’t help!

  7. ooh I hadn’t thought of goji berries before. We grow spring onions and carrots at the moment but thats it!
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  8. Great post! Potatoes were definitely made to grow over here and they’ve always been the easiest in my opinion to grow :)

  9. I’ve grown my own tomatoes but never tried anything else! My dad grows all sorts though :) I’d love to try growing goji berries!
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  10. I find that strawberries and tomatoes grow really well in the summer. Broad beans are also a great starter plant.

  11. we tried chillis last year and got a great crop trying peppers and strawberries this year

  12. This is a fantastic post! I didn’t grow anything last year, so this year my little ones have helped me plant potatoes, carrots, lettuce and strawberries!
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  13. We are in the middle of doing up our garden and I have thought of a little area where the kids can grow their own fruit and vegetable. I have tried strawberries in the past and failed.
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  14. we did peas last year. very quick and easy. tasted lovely too x
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  15. I need to try growing some strawberries as my little ones would love picking and eating them. We have a blue berry bush but it doesn’t give that many berries.
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  16. Love growing spuds and onions, you can share them and they are such a staple!

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