Posted: 30/04/2016 at 11:53
Hi Amy its a bit late for parsnips this year they are a really slow crop.
Spuds are great as they help loosen the soil for next year.
I am by no means an expert but have over the last few years I have put in raised beds and been growing veg in my garden.
My never fails are:
runner beans as long as you dig in muck and newspaper in a trench underneath. these are very generous a dozen plants will give you a big handfull a day in july august. french beans I think are not so generous i find the tall varieties are better.
Spuds are good fun and new potatoes never taste as good as home grown
I often find carrots get slugged badly overcame this last year with an early dose of nematodes. edge the carrot patch with chives to keep the carrot root fly away
Lettuces are good i like these started on the window sill and i find loose leafed varieties work best and rocket if you like it grows better than any weed.
Chard is pretty and easy spinach not so pretty but easy to get a lot out of a small space you can pick a good bucket of spinach a week from a six foot row in the summer.
spring onions are good and seeds for purple spring onions are as cheap as for white and add so much colour. I find normal onions disappointing.
Courgettes are the most generous crop.
My rule of thumb is grow stuff i like or have never seen before , if it is always green in the shop then if you can find it in yellow purple red etc grow the unusual colour its no more difficult. Yellow courgettes, purple carrots , yellow and purple french beans , stripy yellow or black tomatoes. And always add plenty of well rotted muck to the soil.
If your in shade leafy stuff (spinach, lettuce)and in full sun fruiting stuff (toms and cues).
Your not trying to much, my first year i fell asleep on a half manured half dug raised bed my husband found me and said he had never seen me look so shattered and so messy but so happy.