Vegetables picked fresh from the garden are regaining their former popularity. If you have a few square metres of garden spare you can create a diverse vegetable patch so that you can eat healthy and nutritious home-grown vegetables every day. Some varieties can even be grown in pots to create a striking display on the patio or decking. Attention should be paid to the instructions on individual seed packets so that the vegetables have enough sunlight, water and growing space. Soft, loamy soil is preferable, and compost and fertiliser should be added to provide the requisite nutrients. Growing vegetables is not just an enjoyable hobby - it is useful, too, saving you money on your weekly shop.