Here is our guide to growing the vegetable we grow. In our how to guides we go through varieties we grow, when we grow them, how we care for them and common issue.
Beetroot is a versatile and easy to grow vegetable. You can use it in a salad, burger, pasta or anything else your imagination would like. The deep, earthy flavour can be a feature of a dish or a nice accompaniment.
This year we were excited to grow our first crop of black spanish radish. Our priorities at Backyard Gardening Australia are vegetables that are low maintenance and easy to grow and the black spanish radishes fit the bill perfectly. The bonus was how ridiculously tasty they are in cooking!
Broccoli is a cool-season vegetable and belongs to the brassica family and is another favourite of ours to grow. It is a great producer as the one plant can yield several heads.
Carrots are a divisive vegetable in our household, but they can add great flavours to dishes. Daniel had no trouble growing carrots when he was young but a couple of decades later his carrot growing attempts were the butt of the family jokes.
Celeriac is always something I have wanted to try to grow right from a kid, but because they are not well known or widely used, I have not prioritised growing them.
Cucumbers: from the heart of a summer salad, pickled or just freshly sliced, why wouldn’t you grow want to grow your own fresh cucumbers?
Garlic is one of those essential items when cooking in the kitchen and in the gardening world similar to tomatoes your gardening skill is rated on how well you can grow garlic.
Jerusalem artichoke is also known as sunchoke, earth apple and sunroot and produces an edible tuber similar looking to ginger.
Kale has earned its reputation of being a superfood by being rich in vitamins, magnesium, iron and anti-oxidants.
Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea gongylodes)belongs to the brassica family but produces a turnip-like bulb on its stem. Both the bulb and leaves are edible and it makes a great substitute for potatoes.
Lettuce is a very easy to grow vegetable and is one of the most used vegetables for salads. They will just about grow anywhere, whether it’s in your garden bed or little pot on the patio. Lettuce is a quick-growing crop, so they are perfect for sowing into your garden when you have space free.
Have you ever heard of Mangel wurzel? Neither had we until recently. After researching we decided to try growing it this past winter and were surprised at how easy it was to grow. Mangel wurzel is also known as fodder beet, mangold, mangel beet and field beet and belong to the same family as beetroot and chard.
Despite lots of people struggling with growing parsnips, we have always found them easy to grow. Parsnips are a long-term crop and take 17 to 20 weeks before they are ready for harvest. Parsnips are delicious roasted, added to mash potato or in a soup and also are a good source of fibre, folate, manganese and vitamin c.
Pumpkins are a great vegetable to grow in the garden, they are easy to grow, keep for a long time and the golden flesh they have is just delicious whether it’s roasted, in a soup or a salad.
In the gardening world, it seems everyone rates your gardening skills by how well you can grow tomatoes. Tomatoes themselves are not necessarily hard to grow but are prized by the gardener. Once you have had organically homegrown tomatoes to eat, you’re never going back.
Over the warmer months zucchini become one of our staples and can be used widely from raw in salad to chips or roasted.