Grow potatoes to help break up the soil in a new garden. The crop will be a bonus.



Pumpkins are so tolerant that they’ll grow just about anywhere – even out of your compost heap!




Like pumpkins, cucumbers have separate male and female flowers. Only the female flowers will develop fruit.



Because they can make use of nitrogen from the atmosphere, bean plants will actually enrich the soil in your garden.


Sweet Corn

The only member of the grass family that is grown as a vegetable, sweet corn has spread from its original home in the Americas to become a staple food in many parts of the world.

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Cucumber Lebanese

This popular variety produces heavy crops of sweet-flavoured cucumbers that are mild and low in acid. Eat skin and all.

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Alfalfa sprouts grow quickly, sprouting in just 3 to 5 days. You can grow them in a glass jar or a small tray & are great fun for kids.


It's a 'tops and bottoms' tale when it comes to artichokes. There are 2 different varieties to choose from - Jerusalem or Globe artichokes.

Asian Greens

Whether blanched, stir-fried or eaten raw, Asian greens are a wonderful mix to grow and throw into your cooking.


If there's 1 vegie worth investing your time in, it's asparagus. It can take up to 2 years to be productive, but the wait is well worth it.