Growing for Vegetarians

Pepper

What should grow in a garden to help feed  vegetarians. This is a conundrum posed for me by two of my children.
If I were a vegetarian I would want three things from my garden.

1.  Large and reliable crops from the space and effort

  • I would start with simple fruit like Raspberries.
  • Apples are heavy croppers for the space needed particularly if you grow on a small root stock. The added advantage is most apples can be stored, bottled or frozen.
  • Rhubarb is a personal favourite and a reliable cropper  to eat fresh or in jams.
  • Gooseberries or thornless Blackberries would also feature on my list
  • Then I would think about growing chips, mashed, new, roast, baked and mashed potatoes.

2. Tasty, flavoursome, appetising,  succulent produce

  • Herbs are an obvious choice. Whilst they may only be required in small quantities who would be without Basil, Parsley or Sage and Onion.
  • The Onion may be cheating a bit in the herb list but they are an easy vegetable to grow from sets.
  • Garlic is one of the strongest flavours (I have never grown Washabi) and I would plant several varieties in sunny positions.

Fennel

3. Crops that are not easily obtainable from shops and supermarkets

  • Speciality mixed lettuce and vegetables from heritage seeds.
  • Tomato varieties with a difference including black and orange coloured types.
  • Considering the airmiles of many supermarket vegetables, try grow anything in season that you will consume straight from the garden.
  • Legumes, beans and peas will rapidly become a staple as they have in my garden.

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