These guides don't focus on how to grow specific types of veg, at the ideal time of year, there are thousands of books that tell you how to do that. Instead they describe how to grow each type of veg so that it's available every week of the year, or as close to that as we believe it worthwhile. Worthwhile is important to me, I don't want to put in a lot of effort and I don't want to spend any money on heating, I just want great food at no or low cost.

Achieving this year round objective means breaking some traditional rules, using spare warm corners of your house in winter and investing in covers for your crops. Everything described is easy to achieve though, practical in a day or two a week of effort and cost effective.

It's also a lot of fun, healthy and tasty.

This chapter is best read in conjunction with the preceding chapter that describes how the year round supply of fresh veg that this chapter delivers can contribute to a rich diet. You should also read the guides to growing under cover and polytunnel growing.

Growing peas and beans all year round

Growing spinach all year round

Growing potatoes all year round

Growing carrots all year round

Growing salad leaves all year round

Growing other salad ingredients

Growing leafy (and flowering) brassicas all year round

Growing brassicas for the hungry gap

Growing Asian greens all year round

Growing stir-fry greens all year round

Growing onions and other alliums all year round

Growing summer and winter squash

Growing early and main crop sweet corn

Eating berries all year round