A guide to your vegetable plot
Growing vegetables in your own garden is a great use of space, can save you money and give tremendous satisfaction at the same time. During harvest time, your own produce becomes part of your meals. Home gardeners feel deep satisfaction in preparing salad or seasoning the casserole with freshly picked plants from their own vegetable gardens. There is nothing better when preparing a meal than going into the garden and picking the produce fresh from the plant, the taste is incomparable. Any surplus vegetables can be distributed to friends and family who will be overjoyed in receiving fresh home produced crops, and you can also freeze or pickle any surplus to provide home grown produce deep into the year.
It doesn’t require much space to grow vegetables. Even a container pot or a window box will do the trick. Where space is limited, you can even grow a mini-garden indoors. If you have a good sun, access to water and enough containers, growing a garden’s worth of fruits and vegetables in a limited space is a no-brainer. You can even harvest more than one crop if your choice of plants and planting schemes are all well planned and executed. Windowsills, balconies and doorstep areas can all be used to grow your own vegetables.
When planting in containers, proper spacing is very important. One sturdy plant is better than several weak ones. Crowding plants chokes the root systems which will slow growth and lead to poor production. With container vegetable gardens, you no longer need to worry about poor soil types and bad drainage, or heavy-duty tiller to break up hard clay and rocks. There is no weeding to worry about and you can change the looks of your container placements by simply moving them around at anytime.
Vegetable gardening offers a change from the monotony of the supermarket. You can grow any variety of vegetables that you want. When choosing plants for your vegetable container garden, consider container worthy crops such as beans, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants and radish. Other root crops such onions and turnips can also do well in containers, but remember to always take care of these crops with ample fertilizers and water. Also consider grapes and berries. Though some take a while to get established, they bear more fruits each year. Planting for fall crops can be started in early summer, though summer planting can still be done in June in most regions.
One great advantage of growing vegetables and spices in containers involves the advent of the upside-down gardening. Crops with the likes of tomatoes, basil, parsley, rosemary and peppers do well with this approach. The idea is that the vines will cascade downward instead of growing up a stake. A grow box can be treated by punching perforations through the bottom of a container. The other option is to purchase a device specially designed for this purpose. Upside-down gardens do not require a great deal of space and are perfect for balconies and patios.
Equally important, seeds and soil must properly be taken care of in your vegetable garden. Seeds do not always have to be bought. Reasonably fresh dill, anise, fennel, coriander and other seeds already on the spice rack should grow. If not, they are too old to add much to food anyway and should be replaced. Scoop out seeds from vegetables you’ve bought, dry them a week or so before planting.
Start growing those veggies in your garden and turn your home made meals into something truly special. Take care of your plants to make them productive by keeping them watered and harvested.
At Trevenson Moor Garden Centre we can provide you with everything you need including free, friendly advice on how to start and maintain your own vegetable garden. Visit us at TMGC and see what we have on offer.