What veg to plant

Below are mini-guides as to what veg. to grow in your windowbox and how to grow it, with recommended cultivars that are known for their ease of growing, good flavour, size or hardiness. Simply click on the icon with the starting letter of your vegetable for details.

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Beetroot
Beetroot comes in all sorts of shapes and colours and the leaves can be used for cooking as well as the roots. Direct sow in a windowbox that gets lots of light and with good drainage. Successional plantings can be made from spring through into summer, with beets and / or leaves ready to harvest within three months.
Sow seed: 2.5cm deep, 10cm apart
Varieties: Red Ace, Boltardy, Burpee Golden, Regala

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Brussels Sprouts
Brussels may grow a bit too tall for you to consider for your windowbox, (up to 75cm) but I include them here in case you still want to try them. For summer crops sow seed under cover in late winter and for winter crops sow from early to mid-spring. Plant out when frosts have passed and when the plants have at least 3-4 adult leaves. Keep plants well-watered until they become established. Remember you can also use the leaves as greens, though don’t deprive the plant too much or it won’t have the energy to put into the sprouts!
Sow seed: 2cm deep, 60cm apart
Varieties: Bosworth, Cascade, Diabolo, Romulus, Wellington

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Broad Bean
Easy to grow and winter hardy, broad beans are a versatile crop worth growing if you have the space – the dwarf varieties, growing no more than 60cm are more suited for windowboxes, though still quite big. You can harvest the beans, young pods or even the shoot tips, which can be eaten raw or cooked. Prefers a fertile, well-drained and reasonably deep soil to do well.
Sow seed: 8cm deep, 23cm apart in late Winter (above 5oC)
Varieties: The Sutton

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