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Grow your own..Vegetables!

by Jess Kelly | Apr 19, 2018

Nothing will ever taste better than growing your own home produce. Picked
straight from your garden to add flavour to your salads and cooking, you will not get fresher than this. Along with this, it is much cheaper to grow your own vegetables than to buy from a supermarket.

Whether you’re a beginner, have limited budget or space, we’ll give you the best tips and all the tools for you to grow your own vegetable patch.

Let’s get started!

What you’ll need..

  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 vegetables 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. If you really want to extend your vegetable growth, you can look at purchasing a polytunnel or greenhouse. Whatever your budget, there is a huge range to suit everyone from the beginners to the experienced.
  4. Weeds, pests and diseases can pose a threat to your vegetable crops. It is advisable to keep your vegetable 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.
  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 Top 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 need more tips & advice, there is a horticulturist in every CountryLife store, pop in and we’d be happy to help with all your garden queries!

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