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The Recommended 5 Vegetables You Should Grow

Before you learn how to grow your own vegetable garden, there is one thing you should know the five vegetables you should be growing :

When you consider the vast number of choices from aubergine to zucchini, narrowing them down to a top 5 will be harder than selecting finalists for American Idol!

The choice I have suggested is based on several criteria including general appeal, ease of growing, the space needed, disease resistance and pest control, and how the crop will fit in with the other choices.

Naturally these are personal preferences and some popular varieties had to be left out.

Well here goes anyway, in no special order.

1] Spinach; You either like it or hate it but there is no denying that this vegetable has a lot going for it on the grounds of the natural goodness it provides.

Rich in vitamin C and iron it is also a versatile plant being able to be used both as a salad green when the leaves of baby plants are harvested, but great also as a standby green to accompany most dishes when cooked.

To grow you need only a small area of free draining soil in a sunny spot and this leafy vegetable can be grown nearly all year round in most climates.

2] Potatoes; a staple food in some countries because of its versatility in cuisine the humble potato is often overlooked for the benefits it provides to our health as well. The homegrown product, freshly dug, will taste so much better than store bought, scrubbed and chemically treated potatoes you will wonder if you are eating the same vegetable!

Potatoes are easy to grow in raised box beds or in a reasonably small plot and will demand little cultivation other than mounding soil around them as they grow. Check with your seed supplier for special varieties that will suit your needs from waxy types for salads to those more suited to baking.

Potatoes are great for breaking in new ground if you are increasing a garden size, can be grown to harvest nearly all year round and will keep for a few weeks if you have a bumper harvest.

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3] Runner beans; yes I know you can go to the supermarket freezer and buy these processed.

But they are attractive plants to grow from seed, will produce a good sized crop over a season if planting is staggered and can be grown in a small area of a yard to be trained up an existing fence. When you have tasted these fresh you will realize what the frozen product lacks in flavor and why this vegetable is often underrated.

4] Tomatoes; Again these are readily available all year round but because they are often force fed in hydroponics hot houses to achieve this, the flavor is lost.

Choose varieties that are not available commercially to add something special to a salad. Take advantage of the fact that these require nothing more than a pot, soil and watering to give you a summer bounty.

5] Garlic; It's a root vegetable ok! Easy to grow in small areas but if you have the room to plant say 40-50 bulbs a harvest can result that will last for sometime.

Garlic has some wonderful properties as well as versatility in the kitchen. If you grow your own ,roasting whole bulbs as an accompaniment to meat dishes or even baked potato adds a new dimension to this humble root.

Those to miss out because of their pest susceptibility and cropping irregularities included cabbage, peppers and others that take up so much room in a small garden such as squash and zucchini.

Even in the vegetable world there have to be winners and losers but don't let my selections put you off making your own top 5! Starting to grow your vegetables at home can be one of the easiest and most fun green things to do at home today.

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