There has never been more incentive to grow some if not all of your own vegetables as at the present time. Environmental and economic conditions - and yes - a hankering for the 'good life' all add up to good reasons to Grow your Own vegetables!
Most important, is the part that vegetables (should) play in our diet general health. All animal life depends upon the eating of vegetation. Even carnivores have to eat fellow animals who feed on vegetation!
The growing of vegetables is not about 'goody goody' but about basic healthy eating and living. There has to be a stronger move towards eating vegetables - and fruit - if we wish to pursue a vital health well into our old age.
But, we are not here to push the five a day argument. We are here to show you how to best grow your own vegetables if you choose to do so.
Growing vegetables is also therapeutic. The growing, harvesting and tasting of your own grown vegetables will give you a great deal of satisfaction - and oft times smugness!
If you want to move on to providing vegetables for the family for most of the year, then a dedicated vegetable garden is a must. This can either be at home if there is room, or you might want to try your hand at an allotment - if you can get one!
If your garden is perpetually damp, then a raised vegetable garden might be the answer. In any event, raised beds are a good idea for some crops.
If you have a greenhouse - or just a cold frame - this will extend your season substantially. The same is true of other forms of protection - cloches, horticultural fleece, and home-made low poly tunnels are all good ways that will help you answer the question of "When can I grow Vegetables?"