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15/03/2014 at 19:21

Just wondering, now that the growing season has started in earnest, what is your favourite vegetable to grow.

For me it is the humble carrot, I dont think you can compare the taste of supermarket carrots with the ones straight from the garden. I know this is true for most veg, but I find it more noticeable with carrots.

Add that to their long growing season and they are a winner for me.

15/03/2014 at 19:26

Scroggin...........are we only allowed one

Dwarf beans then

15/03/2014 at 19:28

I like growing beans of all descriptions, broad beans, runner beans, wax beans, French beans, Borlotti beans ...... love them all 

15/03/2014 at 19:31

I have 2, beans and tomatoes.

15/03/2014 at 19:32

Do strawberries count!

If not it has to be spuds, I've six different varieties this year, you can't beat the taste.  

15/03/2014 at 19:37

Spuds for me too. 5 varieties here.

15/03/2014 at 19:41

Like Dove, I'd have to vote for a whole 'family' of vegetables - but I say "Let's hear it for ONIONS!" : shallots (round and long 'uns), spring onions, sets, Cibou, Chives, Welsh onions, everlasting and annual too! Such a versatile group and tasty too boot!

15/03/2014 at 19:44

Anything easy, so Peas, Carrots and Onions.

15/03/2014 at 19:45

I guess I was being mean making people choose just one. I am lucky to have a nearby allotment so can 'attempt' to grow pretty much what I want to. However if I was limited for space I would have to be more selective and this started me thinking what I would grow.

Its interesting to see what different tastes we all have.

15/03/2014 at 19:49

that's cheating Dave , someone could say roots or brassica's then give a really long list 

15/03/2014 at 19:55 were being mean without a doubt

I'd add Cabbage for outside stuff............

15/03/2014 at 20:06

Hi Zoomer, a fair point. Maybe I did interpret the posed question rather liberally? But subtly I left out garlic, wild garlic (also know as ramsomes, hence Ramsey island in Pembs = 'wild garlic island') and maybe oe or two others....

15/03/2014 at 20:09

I can't decide; I agree with the above about carrots, but then there are tomatoes with their lovely scent straight from the garden, and huge bunches of spinach steamed for just 3 or 4 minutes till it is meltingly edible, the leeks that I am harvesting at the moment, or the chard or the purple sprouting brocolli that I had today.... Yes you are a meany to just ask for one

15/03/2014 at 20:12

If only one choice it would have to be carrots.  Eat them like sweets for the entire summer 

15/03/2014 at 20:14

How about top 3? Carrots, french beans and savoy cabbs for me.

16/03/2014 at 07:16

Swiss Chard "bright lights" for the vivid colour and great taste - plus you can't really buy it in the shops!

16/03/2014 at 07:59

What a lovely question! This is my first year growing vegetables so I'm really not sure yet!

16/03/2014 at 08:19

For me it is runner beans. I live in France and you can't get classic English runner beans, not even the seeds. The only ones I've seen are grown as an ornamental climber for the flowers at vast expense in a pot in the GC!

Followed by peas, French frozen peas are like bullets and there is nothing like a fresh raw pea straight from the garden.

3rd choice is sweet corn, by the time it gets to the supermarket it's already too old, straight from garden to pan is best, before the starch dries out.

16/03/2014 at 08:39

Great choices Busy-Lizzie, interesting to hear that frozen peas in France are so bad, you're so right about the taste of fresh peas straight from the pod, they rarely make it to the pan!

16/03/2014 at 08:52

Mini cucumbers, love them.

Peas & white radishes.

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