One of the best tips we have for your first steps is not to try doing it all, but rather ‘garden by menu’ – pick a food you love, that the family will demolish even in a glut, and learn about that. Then when you are comfortable with that, branch out to a herb or a fruit or another veg that works well with it, and try that too.

It’s a reverse-engineered menu, of sorts. Here are some foods we love, and how to make the best of them. First step is to pick one.

asparagus stories
Bean stories
Beetroot stories
Coriander stories
Corn stories
Cucumber stories
Garlic stories
Lemon and Citrus stories
Onion stories
Parsley stories
Parsnip stories
Poppyseed stories
Pumpkin stories
purslane stories
Rhubarb stories
Rocket stories
Spinach stories
Thyme stories
Tomato stories
menu zucchini