Plant late-winter, early-spring. While you can plant/harvest all year, they prefer the colder months

William Massey variety does best


Well-drained half-compost soil, enriched with sulfur (via gypsum). Mulch after they reach 6cm with pea-straw


Beans prefer a warmer temperature

Green Beans

Long John is a good variety

Courgette / Zucchini

One plant produces plenty for a single person.

Plant in pots indoors (16C), 6 weeks ahead of time. Transplant into garden.

Prefers a warm dry summer growing season


Money Maker is a good variety


Nadine is a good variety

Get potatoes a 1 month early and chit them indoors. Put eyes-up in egg cartons and store in a sheltered, 10 degree place with plenty of light.

Plant 10cm deep, 25cm apart.

Mound up dirt around growing potatoes, to protect tops of tubers from light. You should cover 50% - 75% of the stems and lower foliage.

You can keep partially burying them if you wish to get more potatoes — my grandfather used to grow them in a barrel, and he'd have potatoes from top to bottom. You can bury with sawdust too, or peat-based potting soil, as long as you have soil at the bottom.

If you slice the seed potatoes to get more plants per, let the cut edges dry for a few days or apply dusting sulfur, otherwise they can rot


Plant in pots in sheltered region, 6 weeks ahead of time. Transplant into garden.

Grows sweetest during cool seasons, but with at least 6 hours of light per day.

Well drained, rich soil, fertilize often — they are heavy feeders.

Mulch — Keep evenly moist — if they get too much water at once they will split/burst.

Avoid acidic soil, keep pH > 6.8, or club root disease is likely.

Always rotate crops. Cabbage is highly susceptible to many diseases.