Top 10 fruit and veg for a dream garden

Posted: Friday 1 March 2013
by Kate Bradbury

Following my recent blog Top 10 plants for a dream garden, I’m expanding the wishlist to include fruit and veg. It’s good to have a goal, no matter how distant it may seem.


Tomatoes

Following my recent blog Top 10 plants for a dream garden, I’m expanding the wishlist to include fruit and veg. I think it’s good to have a goal, no matter how distant it may seem.


I like to think that if I have a decent-sized garden, with room for a greenhouse and a cold frame, I’ll make early sowings and be virtually self-sufficient (at least in summer). I’ll be incredibly organised - as soon as I harvest one crop, another will be ready to plant in its place.


I’ll sow several varieties of tomato - some for eating in salads, some for using in sauces and some for roasting. My aubergines will be so plentiful, I won’t need to buy any again (no matter how many aubergine parmigianas I make). I’ll grow enough garlic to hang in plaits around my kitchen and my freezer will be full of rich tomato bases, herby ice cubes and blanched beans.


Of course, I’ll have no time for anything else, but I’ll have a wonderfully productive veg patch and a belly full of delicious, home-grown food.


So without further ado, here is my fruit and veg Top 10:

  1. So many tomatoes that the scent of them envelopes me as I enter the greenhouse. I’ll grow cherry ones, yellow ones, black ones and large, knobbly ones.


  2. Rows and rows of garlic, both soft- and hard-necked.


  3. Enough aubergines to live off in summer.


  4. Chives, which refuse to grow in my shady garden; I miss them in potato salads.


  5. Borlotti beans, for drying and storing in jars, then adding to winter stews.

  6. Butternut squash and several varieties of pumpkin, for hearty autumn soups.


  7. The pebble-sized raspberries that my mum grows, and which my granny used to grow. The tiny fruits are a pain to harvest but their flavour is amazing.


  8. Apples from the gnarled old apple tree that (obviously) came with the garden.


  9. Masses of French beans.


  10. Black Russian kale.

Reading the list back, I think the garden would probably have to be in Italy, in which case, I’d have to make an extra entry for oranges. Now there’s an idea...


Which edible crops would you grow if you had the space, the sunshine and the time?





Discuss this blog post

Talkback: Top 10 fruit and veg for a dream garden
Your comment will appear after a quick registration step

oldchippy 01/03/2013 at 20:02

Kate have you won the Lottery. Oldchippy.

Kate Bradbury 02/03/2013 at 16:15

Haha no oldchippy but one can dream!

Kate

oldchippy 02/03/2013 at 19:43

Dream on Baby,

thegreatgardener 08/03/2013 at 00:05

Kate Bradbury
what tomato varieties are shown in the picture.

marianne wallbridge 31/03/2013 at 15:58

Help am new gardener just growing broad beans up and flowering very well but flowers not setting with pods and begining to drop off have not seen any insects of or bees Have tried to pollinate myself with paint brush that is pollinate the beans but no success . Any ideas I could try please HELP

See more comments...