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A Simple Beginners Guide to the Most Useful Foods to Grow in British Gardens

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First things first. You need to make a list of all the vegetables you might actually use when cooking regular weekly meals. The list could be informed by your favourite cookbooks and Internet recipes to ensure you're on the right track. You'll find some vegetables that regularly make an appearance in many different recipes and it's these vegetables that you should choose to start with when making steps towards being self-sufficient.

We've put together a useful list of basic vegetables that are commonly used in everyday recipes. If you want to be self-sufficient and ensure your cooking is a tasty as it possibly can be; take note of these easy to grow vegetables and consider them for your vegetable patch or allotment.


Potatoes are everyone's starchy friend. If you want to keep your energy up, having starchy foods such as Potato in your meal plan is ideal. This root vegetable can be grown all year round and served as the main act on your dinner plate ensemble, or as a simple side dish, such as Britain's much loved chips.

Potato Field

Fresh planted onions


Those of you who cook from scratch, will know Onions form the basis of a huge number of dishes, specifically in English and French cuisine. The humble Onion transforms as it is cooked and it can make or break a dish. However, Onions aren't always just a simple, supporting ingredient that’s hidden beneath some other of the more applauded ingredients in a classic dish. If you've never tried Onion soup, make it your next recipe to try out. This French recipe makes the Onion the main ingredient and goes deliciously well with Camembert cheese and a baguette.


If you’ve ever ventured into any of the British woodland expanses, you’ll be familiar with the smell of wild Garlic that lingers around, so it’s no wonder that this deliciously tasting ingredient features prominently in a wide variety of British recipes. The Royal Horticultural Society advises that Garlic needs a ‘chilling period’, so the best time to plant it is in the late Autumn or early Winter. Make sure you have your Garlic planted and ready to harvest in order to liven up what might otherwise be a bland dish.

  Wild garlic trail


Leafy Greens and Cruciferous Vegetables

As a kid you were told to eat up your greens right? Well that was great advice, because leafy green vegetables contain iron and that’s something we all need on a daily basis to keep us healthy and avoid unwanted lethargy. There’s quite a few different varieties of greens and cruciferous vegetables. Here’s a list of some of them.

  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • The list could go on for much longer. However, this shows just some of the most popular items that feature in a large number of recipes.

    Root Vegetables

    Like the world famous Potato that’s served to us in all sorts of shapes, sizes, styles and flavours, other root vegetables can be just as versatile. The humble Carrot often features heavily in British casseroles and stews. The often orange coloured (but not always) vegetable has been popular with the British public for many decades. It once featured in a World War 2 propaganda campaign, in which the British government released a statement to their enemy about how they could see the Luftwaffe flying over Britain so well in the pitch dark, because the the British people had eaten so many Carrots.

    It’s not all about the Carrots though. You could also choose to grow Parsnips, Beetroots, Radishes, Turnips, Sweet Potatoes and many more root vegetables.

      Garden grown Carrots

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    Be Prepared

    If you really want to think long term about a self-sufficient lifestyle, you’ll need to be prepared. As well as your veg patch, you’ll probably want a greenhouse to grow some extra fruit and veg that requires a humid climate to develop in. More importantly you’ll need somewhere safe and secure to keep all the tools of your sustainable veg growing trade and for this you’ll need something like one of Asgard’s Metal Garden sheds. There’s a whole range to choose from, whatever the size of your garden. If you need help choosing a new garden shed, our customer services representatives are on hand to help you make the right decision.

    Images sources:
    Potato Field (Dave McLear) - https://flic.kr/p/6Cwqs3
    Fresh Picked Onions (hconw1) - https://flic.kr/p/cSwHMU
    Garlic Trail (Eskling) - https://flic.kr/p/U53ghA
    Brocoli (Inma Molina) - https://flic.kr/p/Shwe1V
    Carrots (Leo-setä) - https://flic.kr/p/ckrdym

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