10 Tips to grow your own vegetable garden
Seeing it grow and taking care of your own vegetables, fruits and herbs, eating your own fresh cultured products is what we all want isn’t it? Read our article below because it’s not difficult at all. Even if you don’t have a garden, we will give you the best tips to start your own vegetable garden. Anyone can do it, you too!
- Right spot
Finding a spot to grow a vegetable garden doesn’t have to be hard. You don’t need masses of outdoor space to grow many herbs and vegetables. It’s still possible with a corner on the balcony or in a simple window box that you hang on your balcony railing or windowsill. Make sure you put the box somewhere that gets sunlight during most of the day.
- Right size
Choose from plant pots or grow boxes. Make sure the vegetables get space to grow. It’s important to take in account the period to harvest and the type of soil you should pick.
- The perfect soil
The soil is the starting point for every plant to grow. It’s the top priority for organic gardeners, it provides your plants to grow well, make them resistant to disease and pests and also makes them nutritious. The most common types of soil are sandy soil, silty, clay, peaty and loam.
- Choose your veggies to grow
This is one of the better parts of starting your own vegetable garden, you can choose your favourite veggies, fruits and herbs. Top picks for June/July: radishes, carrots, endive, lettuce, purslane, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, spinach, rocket and cress. The best way to grow healthy plants is to buy seeds from certified organic shops or a local farm. Good seeds are clean, germinate quickly and are resistant to pests or diseases.
- Time to sow
Make sure the soil in the box is moist before you start. Make holes 2-3 cm deep, place the seeds in the holes, the distance between the holes will vary depending on the size of the plants. Gently cover the seeds with soil, make sure they are not buried too deep.
Sometimes the floor nutrients in the soil are depleted and do we need to use fertilizer to replace them so that the plants still get their nutrition. The best way to do this is to make your own fertilizer – compost. This is very quick and easy to make, you only need to allow your food leftovers and garden waste to decompose. The best thing about this: this organic fertilizer does not harm the environment!
Nobody gets born with a green thumb. You need to develop your gardening skills by trial and error and by observing. Keeping a gardening journal will help you to remember which varieties you have tried in your garden, when did you sow, weather conditions and of course the size of the harvest.
- Little helpers
Plant flowers (marigolds are a good option) in or near the vegetable garden to attract bees and other pollinators. They can be your little helpers as vegetables rely on mother nature and pollination is a key factor in the success of your gardening endeavours. Encourage them!
Rather not garden alone? Why not explore your local area to see if there are any sites that can be shared by a community? Community gardening is great for knowledge sharing and getting to know your neighbours.
- Thank you nature
Last but not least: Enjoy! There is nothing better than some physical effort in the open air and to harvest from your own garden. Let your friends come over and let them taste your own veggies!