10 Easy Crops for Beginners

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28 Apr 2021 17:3019:00

Photo: Zoe Warde-Aldam

Photo: Zoe Warde-Aldam

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Getting started with vegetable growing can seem daunting – in this programme we suggest 10 of the easiest vegetable crops for beginners to start with – we’ll also describe how to sow seeds, what to do after germination and where best to grow these crops. 

From Paul - "Easy… I know, really! So what do I mean by easy? This easy is not sticking a seed in a pot then as if by magic you’ll harvest a crop of delicious whatever’s - no this easy is hopefully the opposite of fiddly/difficult -but that just me! You’ll still need to give your plant tlc plus protecting it from the legions of things that want to eat it first – we’ll talk about that."

"Don’t worry it’s not only going to be a session about a list - I’m also going to throw in the origins and some history of these crops (and why that can help care for them) and describe how you can use a simple crop rotation system to your advantage. All you have to do is sit there and enjoy the session… easy."

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Trainer Bio:

Paul Richens – Urban Garden Designer & Trainer 

Paul has been a gardener and worm-botherer since his farming parents gave him his own plot at the age of three.

Since then he has worked as a scientific photographer at The Natural History Museum, where his love of natural history was nurtured; a video producer/director in the US; and an account manager before he sent up his own horticultural training company Blue Dome Synergies in 2006. He was Gardens Manager for Global Generation at the Skip Garden for ten years and maintained a central London roof garden.

He is passionate about showing Londoners how to grow good organic vegetables in any small space. He advocates working with nature pursuing a ‘no kill’ policy and teaches amongst other subjects an understanding of living soil.


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