These award-winning RHS Award of Garden Merit vegetables have all passed extensive trials and been judged for their outstanding garden performance, yield and flavour. But just how do you receive such a prestige award? Plants must;
- Be of outstanding excellence for ordinary garden use
- Be of good constitution
- Not require highly specialist growing conditions or care
- Not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease
Here are our top 5 RGM vegetables for 2016. Look out for more RHS vegetables throughout our website which will be highlight with the RGM symbol.
This variety can be freshly cooked either as baby beet or as a larger root and will provide astonishing flavour. Bright red-fleshed roots will not go woody like other beetroot varieties. Can be direct sown from April our purchased as Beetroot plug plants you can plant them straight out in May.
Producing a tremendous yield of well filled pods, this variety is a major improvement on traditional varieties. Each pod contains 6-8 beans if superb flavour. Direct sow under a cloche in February or without protection in March.
This British bred bean will produce an early and heaving crop of quality seed pods. Sow alongside Nasturtiums to draw aphids away from your crop. You can direct sow Runner Bean St George from late May.
Great for juicing, this variety is one of the best and tallest Maincrop for the garden. Vibrant colour and excellent flavour, this is a must have for 2016. Try growing carrots with spring onions, leeks and mint, whose aromatic leaves deter carrot fly.
Chilli peppers are versatile in the kitchen. They can be used fresh or dried in sauces, grilled, roasted, stir-fried or as a pizza topping. Chilli Pepper Basket of Fire has a unique habit which makes it the perfect choice for hanging baskets and patio containers. These plants have shown good tolerance to cooler weather and will continue to fruit outdoors well into autumn.