Growing vegetables in the UK

I live in a mountainous area of Scotland. I have been reading up on vegetables that can be grown in the UK. Will these vegetables apply to me? I live about 250 metres above sea level. Are there plants that most people in the UK will be able to grow that I won’t? Or should vegetables like beans, beetroot, carrots and cabbage grow in my garden no problem?

Asked by Bill on 13th Apr 2021
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"Your location sounds idyllic. I don't see why you can't grow all the types of vegetables that you have listed in your question. I would suggest checking on a map of USDA hardiness zones for the UK to get a clear idea of what will be able to tolerate the altitude and exposure or similarly the Royal Horticultural Societies hardiness zones chart. Then when you come to electing vegetables and especially particular vegetable cultivars you can check the hardiness rating for each cultivar. Aside from hardiness, other factors that will affect the plant viability and productivity of your vegetable garden will include air pressure, light levels, drainage, precipitation, wind exposure and aspect. Your best practice will be to exploit the altitude of your site and choose a sloping location to the west of south to capture the best of the light and warmth. To enclose the garden with a hedge, wall or fence that will protect it against the exposure to wind and to extend the length of your growing season by starting to sow seeds undercover to plant out when the conditions are ideal for best and uninterrupted growth."
Answered on 30th Dec 2021 - Member since Dec 2021 - report
"Seek garden centre or local farmer for best advice if possible"
Answered on 14th Feb 2022 - Member since Jan 2022 - report
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