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    • MSE Archna
    • By MSE Archna 14th Apr 09, 5:32 PM
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    Great “Easy Lucrative Garden Crops” Hunt: What costly foods can you grow with ease?
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    • 14th Apr 09, 5:32 PM
    Great “Easy Lucrative Garden Crops” Hunt: What costly foods can you grow with ease? 14th Apr 09 at 5:32 PM
    This week the BBC Dig it campaign is giving away free seeds.

    To celebrate we thought we’d hunt for info on the most lucrative things to grow at home or in small gardens.

    So green fingered MoneySavers, if you’ve limited space what would you grow with ease, that’d cost serious amounts in supermarkets or farmers markets and what are your top tips for a bountiful crop? Any specific brands of fruit or veg that are easy but costly?


    If possible please include costs both of growing the crop and how much it would cost to buy.

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    • spirit
    • By spirit 14th Apr 09, 5:38 PM
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    tomatoes are really expensive in the supermarkets yet really easy to grow even if you have limited space. Growbags, pots and hanging baskets can be used for them.

    lettuces, radish, rocket - all the usual salad crops are easy and again you can grow in containers.

    You can even put up a wigwam of bamboo canes in the garden or a tub and grow runner beans.

    strawberries can be grown in pots too. Remember to cover them with some netting to stop the birds eating them before you do.
    Last edited by MSE Archna; 21-04-2009 at 12:15 PM.
    • Rummer
    • By Rummer 14th Apr 09, 5:38 PM
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    Fresh peas, they are delicious and taste their best when taken straight from the plant.
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    • Andybez38
    • By Andybez38 14th Apr 09, 5:40 PM
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    Marrow's and cuecumbers are easily grown in a growbag with little space.
    • lostinrates
    • By lostinrates 14th Apr 09, 5:50 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 5:50 PM
    tomatoes are really expensive in the supermarkets yet really easy to grow even if you have limited space. Growbags, pots and hanging baskets can be used for them.

    lettuces, radish, rocket - all the usual salad crops are easy and again you can grow in containers.

    You can even put up a wigwam of bamboo canes in the garden or a tub and grow runner beans.

    strawberries can be grown in pots too. Remember to cover them with some netting to stop the birds eating them before you do.
    Originally posted by spirit
    I've even grown strawberries, tomatoes and salads in window boxes and on balconies
    • Rummer
    • By Rummer 14th Apr 09, 5:51 PM
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    chillies too
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    • COOLTRIKERCHICK
    • By COOLTRIKERCHICK 14th Apr 09, 6:00 PM
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    i would say runner beans in a pot, as the more you pick them the more the plant will produce, and lets face it when you buy runner beans in the supermarket they are all stringy and floppy....lol....

    so for value for money, taste, plus you get the pretty flower before the bean appears.... so a double delight for the small garden
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    • Lotus-eater
    • By Lotus-eater 14th Apr 09, 6:09 PM
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    Climbing french beans, you certainly get your moneys worth, or courgettes.
    A metre square for one of each and that will see you pretty well off in them all summer.
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    • olly300
    • By olly300 14th Apr 09, 7:11 PM
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    Herbs - you can grow them inside your house or out regardless if you have a garden or not. And they don't take up lots of space.

    Cut and come again salad - this can also be grown inside as well as outside.

    I've lived in a flat with no garden and limited space, and these where the easiest things to grow. With the herbs you don't even have to start them off as seeds as you can buy plants and repot them.
    Last edited by olly300; 14-04-2009 at 7:13 PM.
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    • MissPop
    • By MissPop 14th Apr 09, 7:11 PM
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    Strawberries - don't require a lot of effort, and plants are often pretty cheap to come by. Plus the fruit are so tasty and juicy, and quite abundant - I get fruit throughout the summer. Works out much cheaper than a punnet!

    Tomatoes are also easy, and grow quickly and abundantly too - I got two plants for Ł1 each (I'm sure one can find cheaper!) last summer and had lovely juicy cherry toms throughout the summer.

    Just my two cents, I haven't had much experience growing anything else (yet!)
    • cjb02
    • By cjb02 14th Apr 09, 7:20 PM
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    Goji berries. very expensive to buy. cost loads of air miles as they come from China mainly. buy some dried goji berries. soak them in water, take seeds out of berries the following day and plant (this time of year is ideal) They can be grown in the ground or in a tub (I would suggest tub as they are easier to control) Can get to 12ft high but with a little pruning each year. Can be maintained at 3-4ft and you still get berries. They are very hardy plants and will over winter on a patio or in the garden.
    • fluffig
    • By fluffig 14th Apr 09, 8:22 PM
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    Divide up a bulb of garlic and plant each clove a couple of inches down and a couple of inches apart. It's ready to harvest when the leaves wilt and go brown
    • MissPop
    • By MissPop 14th Apr 09, 8:38 PM
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    Goji berries. very expensive to buy. cost loads of air miles as they come from China mainly. buy some dried goji berries. soak them in water, take seeds out of berries the following day and plant (this time of year is ideal) They can be grown in the ground or in a tub (I would suggest tub as they are easier to control) Can get to 12ft high but with a little pruning each year. Can be maintained at 3-4ft and you still get berries. They are very hardy plants and will over winter on a patio or in the garden.
    Originally posted by cjb02
    Oooh, I saw goji berry plants in QD the other day - I was ever so surprised! They were only Ł2 IIRC. Apparently ever so good for you
    • choille
    • By choille 14th Apr 09, 9:04 PM
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    Rhubarb - has gotten ridiculously expensive to buy. All you do is force it if you want it early & sweet.
    Sugar snap & mange tout are both pretty easy to grow as well.
    • angelavdavis
    • By angelavdavis 14th Apr 09, 9:16 PM
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    Is any fresh veg cheap any more?

    My list is as follows:

    Beefsteak tomatoes
    Cherry tomatoes (taste 100% better too)
    Patty pans
    Baby courgettes
    Mange Tout
    Sugar Snap peas
    Baby sweetcorn
    Chilis
    Rhubarb
    Mixed salad leaves
    Spinach
    Herbs
    Runner Beans
    French Beans
    Aubergines
    Blueberries

    Can all be grown easily in a garden - most in pots.
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  • amcluesent
    Basil so you can make you own pesto
    Suger snap peas
    Asparagus
    Lollo rosso

    TBH, in season pretty much everything else is cheap at the supermarket and peeps growing at home are going to be producing just when the main crop comes in from the commercial growers.
  • nodwah
    Salads has surely got to win - if you look at a bag of perpared salad for Ł2 or so you could buy a packet of mixed seed eg unwins for Ł1.79 and get 1200+ seeds. Grow in old fruit punnets or tetra pack cartons halved legthways with a wee bag of economy compost (asda 89p) you don't really need expensive stuff - you have fresh salad leaves all summer- bargain!

    Also for me Blueberries are amazing value - we originally bought 6 plants for something like Ł8 each - expensive outlay I know -( we have fairly acid soil and Hm compost so don't really need and special composts and I empty teabags round them too) and for about the last 10 years the bushes have given us pounds and pounds of fruit. Blueberries can be Ł2.99 for a 125g punnet and flown around the planet so my homegrown ones must be worth at least Ł100 a season - fantastic!
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    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 14th Apr 09, 10:20 PM
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    Raspberries, without a doubt!

    If you plant a row of Autumn fruiting raspberries, you will get, for almost no effort, save cutting them to the ground in the winter and applying a handful of fertiliser, a big crop of a very expensive fruit, for next to no trouble and at little expense.
  • tsstss7
    I think the easiest things to grow that are also pretty expensive are the following perennial plants/ bushs :-

    Rhubarb needs very little looking after and like said above once established can be forced by placing a dustbin over or some such device to provide lovely long red, sweet stalks.


    black/red currants, - they are pretty hardy and provide mammoth crops after a few years they can be grown in pots too.


    gooseberry - - ditto above


    raspberry - need to clear ground quite well initially but afterwards they are little work.

    Other than that the very easiest annual crops are radish and lettuce purely because they don't take long to germinate and are quick croppers so for the price of a packet of seeds, a biggish pot and some compost you could have these all summer.
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  • Muffin99
    Interesting post!

    I have rooted a stem of lemon grass I bought from supermarket and from that one stem I now have eleven! I tried it outside but it does best on my sunny window sill!

    Pumpkins are well worth growing.

    If you grow broad beans the tops of the plants are an absolute delicacy! Just boil them and see

    I'm having a go with asparagus peas and cape gooseberries this year. Never tried either of them before, but I'm v hopeful!
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