First up we have the Courgette; they are quick to germinate and easy to grow in a warm, sunny spot. They stay productive for weeks, so we suggest 2 - 3 plants being enough. They can be sown from April time, just remember to cut them whilst they are small (around 10cm) as this will help to encourage more fruits. A top tip for those that are short on space, we recommend 'Tromboncino' because they're easy to train up a stake, so long as they are tied in as they grow.
Read our Courgette growing guide HERE for more tips!
Next up, we have the Dwarf French Bean. They give you two crops for the price of one; enjoy the pods when they're young, or leave to dry on the plant for use as haricot beans. Easy to grow as climbers, and with excellent dwarf varieties that are suitable for growing in pots. They can be sown from April and will require to be watered regularly especially whilst they're flowering. Pick them as soon as they are large enough (around 10-12weeks), regular picking encourages the plants to produce more beans!
Interested in finding out more on growing French Beans?
Take a look at our French Bean growing guide HERE.
Another great time sensitive crop is Beetroot. It's easy to grow and stores well for many months. Plus, the young leaves make a tasty addition to salads or can be steamed as spinach. If you want an early crop, choose a variety resistant to bolting (when a plant goes to seed prematurely) and sow under cloches from early March. We recommend Beetroot Boltardy seeds for this.
Read our Beetroot growing guide HERE for all things Beetroot.
Pumpkins and Squash are not only tasty to eat, but also ornamental too! They require very little attention to produce great autumn crops that store well into winter. We recommend to sow indoors in spring, then once the risk of frost has passed in late May or early June, plant outside. You will need a sheltered, sunny spot with plenty of room as the plants will rapidly put on growth.
Check out our Squash growing guide HERE for further tips.
The Rosemary herb is evergreen, so it provides useful pickings all year round. Plant in the right place - a sunny, sheltered spot with free-draining soil and it shouldn't cause you any trouble. All Rosemary needs, is a trim after flowering to keep it looking neat. We love adding a few sprigs of Rosemary with our roast potatoes and lamb - it's a pungent herb so you don't need a lot.
Sow there you have it...5 fabulous crops that anyone who is under time pressure can easily grow.