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Guide to Growing your own Vegetables

by User Not Found | Apr 08, 2013

GUIDE TO GROWING YOUR OWN VEG
Thinking about growing your own vegetables but you’re not sure where to start? Well it couldn't be easier - follow our Grow Your Own hints and tips on what you need to do and how to do it. Follow our foolproof steps to growing your own and produce a harvest that will surpass any vegetable that you could buy in a shop and at a fraction of the price.

You will need: 

  • garden fork and trowel
  • veg plants or seeds
  • bamboo canes
  • plant labels
  • watering cans
  • plant feed
  • compost

Do this in:           May-June

Ideal Location:   bare soil or containers in any sunny area.

Harvest time:      June-October – depending on the crop

 Raised Vegetable Bed | Growing Your Own Vegetables

How to... Grow Your Own Veg

  1. Plant in a sunny spot in the garden. Dig an area of soil a few square meters in size. If you don’t have the earth space you can fill a collection of containers with compost on your patio area.

  2. Decide what veg you wish to grow, and then simply follow the instructions on the labels of ready grown vegetable plants and plant directly in your soil or containers. If you want to grow from seed, crops like mixed salad leaves and carrots are easy ones to start with.

  3. Protect any tender crops you plant outside with a suntunnel or cloche if and when the weather turns cold or frosty.

  4. Weeds, pests and diseases can pose a threat to your vegetable crops. It is advisable to keep your veg patch, or pots free from weeds. Also keep an eye on pests such slugs aphids and birds as they can all attack a delicious crop. Use organic methods of control where possible. Companion planting is one organic way to help protect your vegetables from the threat of both pests and disease, and can also help improve the growth of your crops. Read Angela's blog for her top tips on companion planting

  5. The best time for harvesting crops is in the morning or evening time when it is cool as they are likely to wilt.

  6. For best flavour eat your crops as soon as you have them harvested.

CountryLife’s Tip

Don’t be disheartened if your patch doesn't yield as well as expected, every gardener has a few failures each year. Our advice is to start small, plant east to grow crops at first.

If you have any further questions on growing your own this season please comment below, on our facebook or twitter page. For all your gardening needs needs call in-store or visit our online store.


All the best,

Fergal