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Hi all, 

I was wondering, what would you suggest for a first time gardener to plant for fruit and vegetables. I know Its late in the year, just thinking ahead to be prepared! 

Also, What was your favourite one when starting out? 




  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,588

    My favourite fruit is raspberries.

     A beginner can't go wrong with a row of Polka. You cut them to the ground in winter and feed in Spring. Water if necessary. the new canes grow and fruit through September. Yum.

    Runner beans or climbing french are also easy.

    What do you like to eat? No point in growing stuff you wouldn't eat.

  • I love all fruit and veg to be honest.  I love berries! Just going for something that's quite easy first of all. Don't want to screw it up lol c

    Should maybe have said also, the ground isn't great to plant in so it would have to be pots if possible? Does that restrict it a bit? 

    Last edited: 10 September 2016 20:34:51

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,588

    So long as you have ground, it can be improved. Most veg  and fruits do better in the soil. What is the soil like and how much do you have.?

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,874

    You say. " the ground isn't great". 

    I'd spend some time incorporating good organic matter when you've decided what you want to grow ( root veg doesn't like newly manured ground)

    I know it's tempting to jump in a plant, but time spent sorting out your ground will pay dividends in the long run.

    Write a list of what you want to grow, and do some research on their preferred soil types and planting time. It's a great time of year for that sort of project. 

    Whatever you decide , enjoy it.

  • the decent part of the garden to grow is full of deep rooted ivy ? I attempted to try rip some up but got to really deep and super thick parts of ivy and just snapped. 

    Just thought could perhaps pot some things until either i can get someone to have a look at it or move house, which is looking like a few years away yet. I'm renting right now so putting a lot of money into fixing it up might not be the best idea. 

    Thats what I was thinking, I don't want it to be the perfect time of year and I don't have a clue what I'm planting or if im doing it right, so planning ahead! 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,874

    When I moved from a rented house, I took the contents of my compost bins, dismantled them and took them too. image

  • Courgettes and carrots work really well for us this year in super large containers!  So much so I am intending of doing so again next year! (Oh and I still have courgette and carrots on the grow too image)   I believe strawberries can be successfully grown in pots too but I've not tried this! 

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,588

    I moved the contents of my old compost heap too.

  • Oh I like the idea of the carrots in pots I have 2 humongous pots, could do that! I would like to try beetroot too actually. And beans are always great! My daughter loves them! 

    someone gave me strawberries and a large tomato plant a fortnight ago, in containers. not sure how they'd cope over the winter? 

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