Grow Your Own Baby Veg
When I was looking at the lovely Kitchen Garden Expert’s Book, it occurred to me how much we’ve all become accustomed to the idea of eating and buying baby vegetables, so I thought I would write a little post for anyone who would like to grow their own little babies
Baby vegetables need good fertile well-drained soil and full sun. That’s easy to achieve in containers and window boxes or small raised beds. You get a good ‘bang for your buck’ with baby vegetables, because they mature quicker, so you can re-use the space to grow something else.
How to Sow
Most baby vegetables are easy to sow directly into the place you’d like them to grow up.
Don’t sow in the soil too early, or they’ll catch a chill and refuse to come out to play. You can sow them into little module trays first indoors or warm up the soil by putting them under a bit of horticultural fleece if you’re keen to get going.
Sow the seeds successionally, so that you’ll have a supply that are just the right size.
Thin the seedlings, so that there’s less competition for water and light and make sure no nasty weeds choke them.
If you’re growing in a container, start putting on a liquid feed such as seaweed after a few weeks.
Superfast Baby Veg
Radish Plenty of lovely varieties to choose from, click here for some of our favourites.
Quite Fast Baby Veg
Fennel ‘Florence’ – ready in about 10 weeks.
Other Great Choices for Baby Veg
Calabrese – ready in about 12 weeks. Try ‘Sakura’.
Leeks – ready in about 12 weeks. Try ‘Electra‘ or Atal.