What fruit and veg will you be growing in 2020?

January is a great time to start thinking about what to grow in the year ahead, so the necessary planning can take place

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Even though it's mid-winter in the UK, there are a number of jobs that can be done in preparation for the gardening season. It's time to start thinking about what to grow, what you might need to build, or what you need to prepare such as raised beds for veggies.

However, there are still things that can be grown now. Bare-rooted fruit trees and bushes (berries) can be planted outside, providing the soil isn't frozen. Broad beans can be sown outside in an unheated greenhouse, while lettuces, spinach, salad onions, and summer cabbages can be sown inside for an early crop (to later be transplanted outside to mature).

After growing fruit and vegetables for many years, I have decided to try something new and experiment in creating a medicinal garden. Not only will this help me to learn a thing or two, but the plan is to make creams, balms, essential oils and tea infusions to support health and function.

I will start with aloe vera, marigold, chamomile, lemongrass, marshmallow, hollyhock, turmeric, ginger, garlic and a eucalyptus shrub, as they are easier to grown and maintain, but just as important for their healing properties. It should be fun!

I will keep you updated with progress pictures and videos.

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Comments (23)

  • I haven't done a veggie garden for ages, but my approach was to think about what I wanted to eat, and grow that.

    But of course, in this cruelly funny world, it's easier to grow zucchinis and broad beans than sweet cucumbers and watermelon. I bet growing chick peas is like growing weeds.

      8 months ago
    • Same for me too, Its always about what I want to eat. I then plan around that. I love garlic but have never had any success in growing (maybe this year can be the first). Some things happen to be easier than others.

        8 months ago
    • Did you have a bad experience as a child with chick peas or something?

        8 months ago
  • What fruit and veg will you be growing in 2020? @tribe

      8 months ago
    • Quite a lot this year Patricia.....Tomato varieties, chilli and pepper varieties, beetroot, carrots, celeriac, onions, parsnips, artichoke, beans, peas, leek, spring onions, lettuce varieties, spinach, rocket, pumpkins, kale,...

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        8 months ago
  • Basil, oregano, chives, mint, cayenne, whatever hot pepper variety I can find and a cpl tomato plants.

      8 months ago
    • Sounds really good. Tomatoes and peppers are some of the most rewarding things to grow for me so I always include them. Some nice herbs you have too...

        8 months ago
    • Thank you. Theres nothing like going outside clipping a cpl herbs for your dinner. I dehydrate them for the winter. Who knows how old the store herbs are.

        8 months ago
  • As has become routine every few months over the last 5 years, all my growing efforts will be put into growing and attempting to maintain basil.

      8 months ago
  • This will be my second year growing. I have some chillis started indoors. They will be joined by aubergine/eggplant, cucumber, and tomato over the next few weeks.

    I've got over wintering peas, garlic, and onions in, and last year's onions are in the shed nice and dry.

    I'm lucky enough to have a small pvc walk in green house this year which should help with the cucumbers and aubergines once I get it built :)

      8 months ago
    • That sounds awesome Carl and good that you have started already. I will sowing some seeds indoors this weekend. I have mostly been preparing ground ready for outside growing and planning what to grow this year. I unfortunately don't have...

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        8 months ago
    • Oh the greenhouse is going to be a revelation. It is just one of those tube frame, plastic bag/zipper door type cheap ones I picked up for £15 at the end of last year. I'm using the top of the fridge to get seeds to sprout then moving them to a mini...

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        8 months ago
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