Posted: 02/03/2013 at 19:57
The guides are good for information like sowing times, germination and cropping times. I just clicked on a couple and french beans are easy to grow, aubergines a little trickier, the information for these is correct. I've put the charts in my favourites as a guide
Growing veg, is relatively straight forward and as you learn you realise things like feeding the soil and crop rotation is necessary. You also learn a load of other stuff too.
The weather can sometimes determine whether a crop does well in a given year for instance my beans and pea's liked all the rain we had last year and did well but may not do as well in a dry year without regular watering.
Where you live in the country and in which country you live can also determine what you can grow more successfully for instance grapes can be grown outdoor down South but probably not in Scotland.
Pests and diseases will also effect the growing fruit and veg. You do need to be vigilant. Prevention is always better than cure, for instance keeping down the slug population, for these you need an arsenal of defences and netting some veg from birds and butterflies.
It's all good fun though and well worth the effort. Home grown fruit and veg usually tastes far better than anything bought in shops. It's not flown half way round the world either to get to your plate, in my case just several ft down the garden path... and you can grow stuff not bought in the shops, not many sell yellow courgettes.