There are so many great reasons to grow your own veggie garden, including saving time, money and energy. Additionally, there is nothing quite as rewarding as being able to harvest, prepare and enjoy your own produce.
Growing your own vegetable garden is easy, fun and something the whole family can get stuck into. Let’s look at how you can start to grow your own fresh produce.
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Plan your garden
Vegetables require between 6 – 8 hours of sun a day and should be in a spot where the soil drains well. It is a good idea to have your vegetable garden in a spot that is close to a water source. Plan your garden where you will easily get to it, making harvesting easy and convenient. Try to find the best spot in your garden that will cover most of these bases. If you have a small garden space, consider a vertical garden or big pots for your veggies. Finally, invest in good tools to assist you in getting the job done in a jiffy.
Choose your veggies
Choose vegetables that your family will love and eat. There is no point planting parsnips, simply because they are easy to grow, yet no one eats them. Basics like potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and leeks can produce recurring crops and are great to have in any kitchen. Be aware of what season you choose to plant. Some veggies love the summer weather but need to be planted earlier depending on their size. There are also many benefits to planting transplants instead of seeds, but seeds work wonderfully none the less.
Prepare the soil
It is worth getting yourself a soil test kit to determine what the condition of your soil is. Assess the results to determine how you need to boost your soil for the veggies you are planning on planting. Speak to your local gardening experts to make sure you use the correct mulches, DIY composts and fertilizers. Give the soil a few days’ rest before planting to ensure that the soil has absorbed all the added goodness.
Planting and growing
For a longer harvesting period, plant your transplants every week or two apart. This ensures that you do not suddenly have a massive harvest and nothing for the rest of the season. Save even more space by allowing your crops to grow upwards by installing vertical supports. But beware of planting smaller plants under larger ones and eliminating their sunshine. Remember to water regularly.
Growing things that are not veggies?
There are many wonderful flowers that you might want to consider adding to your vegetable garden. Not only do they offer a burst of colour to your garden. They also attract beneficial insects or act as insect deterrents in some cases. Marigolds, chamomile and even garlic flowers are great for attracting the good critters. Marigolds will also deter insects like mosquitos, squash bugs and tomato worms.
Keep a vigilant eye out for weeds and remove them as soon as you spot them. Adding a thick layer of mulch can help here too. It will make it very difficult for weed seeds blowing in the wind to find purchase in your garden. And it helps to prevent water loss through evaporation, enabling you to use less water!
Making your own vegetable garden is easy and rewarding. Harvesting and enjoying your own crop is a fantastic way to save around your house. Use your fresh produce to make your own family cookbook. If you are a true foodie, consider adding a kitchen herb garden too!