Broad beans grow 3ft (91cm) tall and need supports. Crops sown in late spring are the most successful.
Tasty and good for you, sow beets a couple of centimetres apart.
Problems: Beetroot tends to run to seed if it is sown too early.
Broccoli is reliable and delicious. There are summer varieties, too.
Problems: None – it’s pest-free.
Sowing and planting: Depends on the variety. There’s lots of choice, but baby veg is very tasty. Weed well.
Problems: Cabbage white butterfly.
Sow: March, July-August
Go for flavoursome organic or baby carrots. Avoid stony soil and sow on ground that’s had organic matter applied one or two winters earlier.
Problems: Carrot fly. Grow onions around carrots to mask the scent.
Chillies are popular and grow well in a greenhouse or conservatory.
This prolific veg is easy to grow.
Problems: Cucumber mosaic virus.
Grow in a greenhouse or garden. It is well worth it for the flavour.
Problems: As for courgettes.
Plant: February-March, November
Easy to grow but go for named varieties and start afresh each year.
Problems: Rust disease.
The latest trend is for baby leeks.
Problems: Going to seed too early.
Maincrop plant: April
Home-grown spuds can’t be beaten.
Problems: Slugs and potato blight.
Sow undercover: March, August or September
Harvest: May-June or outside April-July
Grow as a baby vegetable.
Problems: Flea beetle, club root.