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    Default Is there a fool-proof veg?

    Imagine a new member joins who has never grown a vegetable in their life before and they ask the Vine for suggestions on what to grow first.

    You need to suggest something which is easy to grow, doesn't suffer with pests or diseases and doesn't need a greenhouse or any special equipment.

    What would you recommend that will be a success and won't put them off growing veg for the rest of their life?
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    mustard and cress - you don't even need a garden, and you can eat your crop in a boiled egg sandwich.

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    Nothing more bombproof than rhubarb.

    But if you want a non-fruity vegetable, then radishes. Easy, quick, unlikely to get diseased, and you only need to rinse the mud off and they're ready.
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    Well. I don't think there is any veg that is totally disease proof but, if I had to recommend anything it would be first early potatoes..
    Just dig a hole, drop a potato in and wait the required amount of time, e.g., 12 to 14 weeks and you have a crop without any effort.

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    I would suggest growing a few different crops. Few diseases affect multiple plant groups, and a mixture means weather conditions are bound to suit at least one crop....
    Spuds, runner beans, beetroot, courgettes, peas, salad leaves, rhubarb and autumn raspberries would be my choices. Raspberries need netting, but taste yummy!

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    I would suggest growing chard, can be used as a salad leaf when young, when it grows a bit the stems can be used in stir fry and leaf steamed ad a veg.
    it may be a struggle to reach the top, but once your over the hill your problems start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbadexample View Post
    Nothing more bombproof than rhubarb.

    But if you want a non-fruity vegetable, then radishes. Easy, quick, unlikely to get diseased, and you only need to rinse the mud off and they're ready.
    I agree with rhubarb.
    ...........but radish??
    Its funny how the books say radish are easy - but, when put to the test, there were few people who agreed. Only Potty, I think, who gives some good advice in this thread. https://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gr...5-a_83072.html

    I found out some of the reasons why I had problems. Sowing seeds too close together, not watering enough and, very importantly, not picking them soon enough, before they became tough and woody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    I agree with rhubarb.
    ...........but radish??
    Its funny how the books say radish are easy - but, when put to the test, there were few people who agreed. Only Potty, I think, who gives some good advice in this thread. https://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gr...5-a_83072.html

    I found out some of the reasons why I had problems. Sowing seeds too close together, not watering enough and, very importantly, not picking them soon enough, before they became tough and woody.
    Reading that thread makes me think you've overcomplicated things. Once I've planted my spuds I sprinkle radish seed over the bed, water and wait. Some fail, of course, but I always get radishes.
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