Harvest as small baby beets -
Grow a short or medium rooted variety – cover with fleece or enviromesh to avoid carrot root fly – will need thinning out -
Carrots don’t have to be orange or long and pointed.
More information on growing carrots here
Must be fresh seed – has a very long growing season and should be harvested after a frost as frost turns the starch into sugars and gives the parsnip a better flavour. Parsnip have a very long growing season.
More information on growing parsnips click here
Can be hard work and need earthing up so container growing–is easier – choose first early varieties to harvest from mid July. If you start off the tubers in a cold greenhouse and bring out after frosts you can harvest in June.
Early potatoes can be harvested when the plants start to flower. For full sized potatoes wait until the tops have died down -
More information on planting potatoes here
The Potato Council website has lots of information about potatoes including understanding terms such as earlies or maincrop, a brief history of the potato and recipe ideas.
The British Potato Variety Database can be a good source of information but is better for finding information about a particular variety that you are considering growing.
Thompson & Morgan supplies seed potatoes online and has a good selection with information on each variety. Search for first earlies or second earlies and avoid those labelled maincrop.