The grow your own movement is in full force, as more and more people discover the pleasure in growing your own fruits and vegetables in all seasons.
The success of your crop can vary based on the weather, your experience or just sheer good or bad luck. If you’re looking for some inspiration to get started or just what to see what’s possible, these ‘grow your own harvests’ will have you planting your own seeds next season!
Strawberries are really easy to grow/ They love to hang down and this stops the berries sitting on the ground and rotting. Make raised planters by using guttering attached to poles. This also saves space and you can grow stuff underneath.
A rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Chilis and peppers abounding including some more unusual purple varieties. They grow well together with tomatoes and squash while collards and kale make an easy salad together.
Potatoes are perfect cold weather crops and you can even grow them from scraps or the potatoes you forgot about which have sprouted in the kitchen. They’re hardy and come in all shapes and sizes.
Squash come in a variety of colors and sizes and they’re so easy to grow. These are best planted in early summer so the squash is ready for fall, the plants don’t like too much heat but it still needs to be warm enough for them to flower and ripen.
Leeks aren’t given enough appreciation. These onion family vegetables are packed with flavor and vitamins. They make great filler vegetables in a variety of soups, casseroles, and pies.
Tomatoes are a fun and colorful crop that almost everyone can grow. Choose small berry varieties for salads and roasting. Don’t forget to add eggshells to the soil for calcium to avoid deficiency.
Cucumbers are versatile and good for salads and soup. The cooling and refreshing vegetable is perfect for summer and abundant to harvest. You’ll need a good trellis to keep the plants tame.
A basket of squash, peppers, and melons. These are odd fellows but the squash and peppers will grow well together. This type of squash is a little more unusual, it’s irregular shape a great talking point.
Most people have never seen a marrow. These giant squash are delicious stuffed and grilled, rather like a huge zucchini.
A splash of color all summer. These are all easy vegetables to grow at home. The squash, peppers, zucchini, onions, and tomatoes all grow together harmoniously and you can usually find raspberries and blackberries growing wild outside if you live in the country.
Red, ripe, tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes. Use the plums for baking and the babies for salads. Pick them just before they’re squishy so that they stay ripe a few days to use them up. Grow alongside basil or spinach for an easy salad.
Peppers and tomatoes make a popping color combination and an abundant harvest. Both of these are very easy to grow crops. Just be careful you’re not underwatering or the berries may split like those at the top.
While you’re probably not going to be able to grow mangoes at home, you’d be amazed how easy bananas and pineapple can be. You can even grow a pineapple from the stalk you buy at the store. The same with the avocados, just use the pit.
Tomatoes, okra, and peppers are all easy southern vegetables. The perfect ingredients for a succotash, just add corn or grow some as well. The multiple varieties add color and interest.
With so many tomatoes you’re going to have plenty of cooking to do. Consider canning them or making homemade tomato sauce that can also be watered down to make a tomato soup.
Tomatillos are a Mexican staple. Much like a green tomato but with a completely different flavor. These can be made into salsa and sauces or eaten raw in a salad.
Squash come in so many pretty varieties and they’re so easy to grow. Use the larger squash for soups and bake the smaller ones. Try different varieties like the patty pan, the butternut and the acorn varieties shown here.
Heirloom tomato varieties are amazingly colorful. If you can’t find the plants buy the tomatoes at the store and save the seeds to plant in the spring. The colors and shapes are much more interesting than those you can get normally.
Giant zucchini, cucumbers, broccoli, and potatoes are all easy to grow crops. Must make sure the squash and tomatoes have good trellises and plenty of water.
An impressive amount of herbs and green leaves. If you’ve got the space these are among the quickest growing and easiest. They also grow well with tomatoes and aubergines.
Herbs, squash, and tomatoes are the perfect groups to make soups and salads. Keep your herbs on the plant until ready to use or dry. Don’t forget that drying mint smells strongly like cat pee!
A kitty checks out this colorful arrangement with an impressive basil harvest. The squash and tomatoes add a bunch of colors.
A huge tomato sits among shiny peppers and broccoli. You can tell the peppers were kept well watered and fertilized from the shiny skin with on cracks.
SO many peppers! These bright red peppers are sure to be hot, hot hot! The small red chilis tend to be hotter than their green jalapeno version. Make jam or harissa with the extras.
Rainbow chard is a type of spinach green that isn’t very common. The bright and colorful stalks work in a salad or steamed as a crunchy vegetable while the leaves can also be cooked like collards.
Corn and peppers grow well together and can be part of what’s called companion growing. Carrots can also be planted in front of rows which will give them a little shade during the day.
Ever seen a ground cherry? Those top right things are ground cherries, tart berries that are a type of nightshade and taste like a gooseberry. Delicious in pies.
Carrots are surprisingly hard to grow. The seeds are tiny, and since you can’t see underground you never quite know how big they’re going to be until you pull them up.
A colorful selection of squash and peppers with eggplant. These are all good summer crops and you’ll likely end up with far more than you expected – just see the jalapenos on the right if you don’t believe.
A puppy checks out the colorful and unusual squash which makes for a pretty harvest. These would look great on a table arrangement but would also taste good. Use the butternuts for soup or ravioli.