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.
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.