Low maintenance plants for busy people

It won’t be very long until the clocks go back, which means many of us will be heading home in the dark each day and have precious few daylight hours to spend in the garden. These low maintenance plants might just be the answer…

Spring Onions

Spring Onions

Pop them in the ground 10cm apart, water in well and you won’t need to worry about them until they’re ready to harvest in spring.

Wild Rocket

Wild Rocket

Rocket is very easy to grow and not very popular with slugs either which makes them particularly low maintenance. Cut outer leaves as you want to use them (from November/December onwards)

Rainbow Chard

The only thing you need to do is make sure you’ve set down some slug traps (cheap beer in a yoghurt pot sunk into the ground will do) and then you can more or less leave chard to its own devices. Pick the outer leaves as you want them.

Cavolo Nero

One of the easier brassicas to grow, Cavolo Nero Kale is a great grower even in the coldest parts of the country. It tends to stop growing when it gets cold and then gets going again as soon as it warms up.