10 garden vegetables


Apparently lettuce tastes best if you sow it in March, because the leaves become a bit limp during the summer. The disadvantage is that you can’t keep lettuce from your own garden fresh once you’ve picked it. So you need to harvest it just before you eat it. 

If you want to sow these little vitamin bombs in March, you need to put them in a greenhouse or keep them indoors. The plants can go outside in May.

There are three different kinds of leek and they can all be grown at different times. In March you can sow winter leeks. You need to gradually add a little more soil as they grow and make sure you give them plenty 

When I sow onions, I space them around 1.5 cm apart in the ground. But you can also make things easier for yourself by buying onion seedlings and planting those.

I had never heard this before but it turns out that peas grow best if they’ve been soaked overnight before planting, to help them germinate. It’s just like soaking dried fruit before you make a fruitcake. And then you plant them with the sprout facing down.

If you sow a row of parsnips in March, you can harvest them in the summer. Yum!

Radishes can be sowed among other plants. They stop weeds from growing and you can harvest them in just six weeks. Ideal, because I hate weeding!  

You can sow turnips around 30 cm apart. They grow quite quickly, so you can often harvest them after six to eight weeks. Perfect for impatient gardeners.

If you sow carrots early in the year, you don’t have to worry about carrot fly. It’s best to plant the seeds close together, in rows.

The best thing about spinach is the fact that you can harvest it after just eight weeks. If you cut the leaves from the root, more will grow in their place, so one seed will provide you with lots of spinach.


1. You can also grow vegetables in nice pots on your windowsill. I like using terracotta pots with a little plate underneath.

2. Light and water are all you really need to grow vegetables. So I look up how often each vegetable needs to be watered and how much sunlight each plant likes. You can find lots of information online.

3. It can sometimes be frosty overnight in March, so if the seedlings have already started to emerge, you might need to cover them at night or bring the pots inside.

4. If I want to sow seeds outside but the soil is still too cold, I put a piece of clear plastic over the top for a couple of days. It warms up very quickly.