Posted: 13/12/2013 at 17:37
Well I grow salad veg these days and not too much over winter.
For carrots I used to try the latest hybrids but now back to the old tried and tested Early Nantes and Chantenay. Just as tasty and far cheaper. Beetroot Bolthardy. For,spring onions I prefer varieties like guardsman instead of white Lisbon. Lettuce, well I like little gem and saladin. Runner beans will be Mergoles....the best tasting stringless variety in my opinion. Tomatoes mean gardeners delight and Shirley. Ailsa Craig for good mild onions.
I try something different each year when considering peas but I like the early Little Marvel. Delicious.
To get the soil in good condition is the most important ingredient in growing good veg. To be aware of what each crop needs too.....e.g. Don't put your carrots in freshly manured soil.
I try to grow as organically as possible.....no slug pellets around my "eatables" and organic fertilisers like fish blood and bone, no chemicals for pest control (fleece for carrots fly and pea maggot)
I practise no digging too. After the initial deep dig years back I simply add compost, manure, mushroom compost, seaweed etc to the soil in autumn and scratch it in in early spring. For carrots though I do "scratch" a little deeper with a 3 prong cultivator to about 8" or so to produce excellent unforked and eaten raw produce. Runner beans too have a trench liberally filled with garden compost every autumn.
Nothing like your own garden produce Newboy. Enjoy (this has made me anticipate those delicious summer treats )