Life is quite busy enough without creating things to do. There is a certain obsessive-compulsive trait among some gardeners that drives them to seek needy plants. Rather than enjoy summer hours relaxing in the sun, sufferers follow an elaborate timetable of tasks in the hope of coaxing a reluctant harvest from some unwilling plant or other.
Not only that, their partners are asked to look on in wonder in late summer as the resulting gigantic gourd or single polished lemon is placed before them. In case you’re wondering, the correct response is to marvel at the horticultural genius that delivered this fine specimen. Or divorce.
I’m not immune to growing the odd high-maintenance plant, but happily my tendency to sloth is stronger, so I fill most of my garden with food that almost grows itself.
If you are keen to grow some of what you eat, but want to keep the focus on enjoying the rewards rather than hard labour, then you need plants that produce fairly quickly, harvest repeatedly and require little of your time while they do it. Allow me to suggest a few.