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Beetroot

Beet­roots are nu­tri­ent-rich and easy to grow. Sow the seeds in well-com­posted soil, 7-10cm apart and keep well wa­tered. You can be­gin har­vest­ing when golf-ball sized, or leave till the size of a ten­nis ball. The leaves can be used in sal­ads, like spinach or sil­ver­beet.

Beans

Both dwarf and climb­ing va­ri­eties are easy to grow. Climb­ing va­ri­eties can be grown up fences, trel­lises or even trees. Keep them well wa­tered and pick reg­u­larly to en­cour­age new growth. Har­vest­ing is ideal in Fe­bru­ary and March.

Basil

Basil loves hot weather and is a good com­pan­ion plant for to­ma­toes, help­ing to re­pel some prob­lem in­sects and at­tract help­ful ones such as bees. Add basil leaves to sal­ads, sauces or grilled dishes, or har­vest all in one go and make a sup­ply of pesto.

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