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Productive vegetables - your ideas please


By peter


This year I think my chili plant has been my favourite; I love cooking with chilies but that is not the reason why. I like it because my single plant has provided me with enough chili peppers to last almost an entire year (and we use a lot). In comparison, my sweet pepper plant, which is roughly the same size, provided me with enough fruit for an whole stir-fry!

A summers worth of peppers

This week an allotmenteer friend claimed that their three year old daughter has never eaten vegetables bought from a shop! Apparently everything is grown on the allotment, which I think is an amazing claim – even with the occasional lapse.

With such a small plot I’ve been wondering how to get the most out of the area I have, and was wondering if anyone has ideas on what vegetables are really productive, accounting for the time it takes to grow – asparagus is out :o) I’ll be checking out genuisscuffy’s square foot gardening for ideas too.

Also out of interest, If you grow veg how much room do you have for growing veg and how much of your weekly veg is home grown?

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Apparently my friends claim is not amazing, it's by design. I just discovered that the government thought the size of an allotment is enough to provide enough food for the average family!

29 Oct, 2007


I tend to grow enough lettuce and cucumber during summer to avoid buying much. Then I also grow veg that tastes so much better when really fresh, like Mange Tout and French beans, and expensive veg like butternut squash. I grow a few salad spuds but maincrop seem like a waste of space as they are hard to keep and are cheap anyway. Also, garlic, which I peel and then freeze to use all year.

28 Sep, 2009

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