Growing vegetables, or starting a vegetable garden, becomes much easier with some good advice on how to grow each specific vegetable.
Getting to know a vegetable before trying to grow it will result in more predictable and rewarding results for you.
It can take months to find out that the reason for failure was planting in the wrong season or watering too much. And it's disappointing to see a soggy mess instead of healthy veggies.
As you start growing vegetables you are understandably excited and ready to rush out to purchase trolley loads of seed packets and seedlings. But wait, and take a look at these vegetable profiles first. In a few minutes you will know which plants suit your particular garden circumstances.
I have put these vegetable descriptions together so that your experience of growing vegetables can be much more fun and easy, and so that you don't have to spend hours doing research.
Click on the links below to find out each plant's specific needs in the way of soil, water, light and much more.
It's fun growing beans because bean plants grow quickly and crank out pods, no matter what. Kids or anyone with short attention span will love this.
Experiment growing beets of different varieties. There are red, yellow, orange and white tasty morsels to dazzle your dinner guests with.
Growing bok choy will ensure that you have an endless supply of tasty wok fillers.
Growing carrots is easy and it's something everyone can enjoy doing, even if it's just planting carrots in pots. And the flavour is the best.
Chilli plants don't come with a warning label, so teach your kids to grow carrots instead.
It's amazing how fast the vine keeps growing cucumbers, given the right conditions and encouragement. Prepare to feed yourself and the neighbours for the next few weeks.
Curly endive is the salad leaf that you reach for when the caterpillars have eaten all your lettuce. It's much hardier and doesn't attract many vermin at all.
Growing eggplant is easier than you might think. I've neglected my plants for many months now but they still look happy.
Growing lettuce is rewarding as you will have an endless supply of salad greens. But how will you keep the pests away?
Picture this - you have been growing peas just to see what all the vegetable growing fuss is about. When you harvest and taste your first snow peas you suddenly see the light.
Growing peppers or bell pepper plants, rewards you with new fruit time and again without all the hard work.
If you're new to vegetable gardening, growing radishes is a good way to start enjoying your new hobby. They're fast and they rarely fail.
If you're growing swiss chard you can look forward to harvesting plenty of nutritious greens for stir frying, steaming or for salads.
Growing spinach is one of the best things you can do if you want maximum nutritional value out of your vegetable gardening.
Spring Onions are very easy to grow and with a little planning you will never run out.
Why not try planting tomatoes and discover why this whole veggie growing business is worthwhile.