Home grown vegetables, particularly leafy vegetables and salad greens, have better flavour and are much more nutritious than store bought produce.
With careful planning it is possible to grow a succession of crops all year round in the UK, from fresh asparagus and over-wintered lettuce/chard in April, around to summer greens and legumes; then on to turnips, parsnips and brussel sprouts in winter. Growing your own also makes good economic sense as the cost of a packet of seeds or a tray of nursery-raised plants is often much lower than that of the final product sold in grocery stores.
If you have a small garden or are short of space there is no reason why culinary crops cannot be mixed in with herbaceous plants or even grown in pots and containers. Many vegetables such as fine carrots leaves and red beetroot leaves can very decorative, in particular the fronds of asparagus and the tall stems of Jerusalem artichokes can be highly architectural. Certain varieties of vegetables, such as climbing beans, can also have vary attractive blooms.
The following section lists the most common vegetables grown in English Gardens.
Courgettes & cucumbers
French green beans