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With Planting Season officially starting in South Africa tomorrow, there’s no better time to give it a go. If you’re just starting out or don’t want to spend too much time on your garden, here are some suggestions that are almost guaranteed to get you results…

radish1) Radishes – If you think you don’t like them, that’s probably because you’ve only ever tasted the half-soft ones that have been hanging around the supermarket for a week before you get to them. Freshly harvested, thinly sliced radishes are the making of a salad – peppery, crisp and with great colour. Best of all, they’re practically idiot-proof and grow really quickly (you should have your first crop in about three weeks), making them ideal if you’ve got kids or you’re just impatient. Sow every 10 days or so and you have a continuous supply. Water regularly or they can become woody and too peppery.

rocket2) Rocket, mixed leaves – One tray of mixed-leaf seedlings from your local garden centre, planted out, will keep you in fresh salads for weeks. Rocket will grow like a weed again and again, and you should have your first crop in a month or so.


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