Growing in a small space 2 – Getting more from your crops – By Dave Hamilton

Broad bean topsGrowing in a small space means you not only have to decide carefully what you want to grow, you also need to make the most of it come harvest time.  There are very simple choices you can make such as growing cut and come again lettuces rather than ones which are cropped in a single cut.   Harvesting just a few leaves at a time will prevent the lettuce from bolting as it will take longer to receive enough energy to do so – giving you a lot more to eat than one single cut.

However some crops will also have dual uses, or parts of the plant you may not consider as food can be eaten rather than wasted.  For example any vegetable scrap can be used in a stock pot for soups and stews, including leek tops, onion skins and the tough stalks and ribs of cabbages.  I’ve put together some more uses of common plants, some of which you may have heard of and some you may not – if you have any more then please do leave a comment below.

Courgette flowers

Nasturtiums

Broad beans and Peas

Broccoli and Brussel sprout leaves, Turnip tops

Beetroot stems

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  1. organicsi
    27 July 2010, 5:35 pm

    In central europe they also grow a lot of Hamburg Parsley. leaves like well parsley really and the tubers like parsnips. They are easy to grow and very tasty.

  2. katie
    12 August 2010, 2:29 pm

    cheers for an excellent article : )
    really useful info and ideas :iconbiggrin:

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