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Five favourites – vegetables for a beginner gardener

Toby Buckland shares his five favourite vegetables for a beginner gardener

Toby Buckland (Photographer – Ed Ovenden)

The Good Life should be an easy life, that’s why my top five veggies are as abundant as they are easy going. Happy in pots or the soil, they’ll help garden veterans or rookies swap food miles for food feet, and provide vitality-packed pickings from outside the back door.


Rainbow chard

Chard is my desert island vegetable, providing vibrant tasty leaves throughout the year. In spring, when small, you can use chard in salads or leave it to grow and cook it like spinach. In winter, it will provide welcome greens while the tasty colourful stalks will add crunch to stir fries and stews. Rainbow chard with vibrant yellow, red and pink stalks is my go-to variety as it looks as good as it tastes. Sow the knobbly seed anytime between spring and early autumn. Find out more about how to grow Swiss chard.

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