What’s the idea?
Grow your own vegetables and create your first vegetable patch using this easy-to-follow beginner guide.
What’s the story?
I thought I would share some tips with you for starting your own vegetable garden,
And show you how to grow your own vegetables.
Because every year, I like to grow my own vegetables to eat at home.
When it’s warm and sunny, I’m outdoors working in my allotment.
Now is the perfect time to do something with that spare patch in your garden.
Perhaps you have some empty containers, spare pots,
Or maybe you’re thinking about getting an allotment?
People should do this because…?
There’s nothing more satisfying than growing your own vegetables.
The produce at the supermarket is harvested long before it’s fully ripened, which means it doesn’t taste anywhere near as good.
What could be better than eating your own freshly picked tomatoes
to have with your poached eggs?
You’ll be outside enjoying lots of fresh air and getting fit.
Plus you’ll probably save money because you won’t need to buy vegetables at the supermarket.
And you’ll also be helping the environment by growing your own vegetables, chemical-free.
Planning and growing your garden could be a great family project.
Even young children will enjoy planting, watering, and picking their own veggies.
A diet filled with lots of fresh vegetables is healthy and kids are much more likely to eat something that they have helped to grow.
How do you do it?
Where to grow?
First of all, you’ll need to decide how big your vegetable patch will be?
It could just be a few pots or planters, or perhaps you’ve got a larger area you want to fill.
Even if don’t have a lot of outdoor space, it shouldn’t stop you from growing your own vegetables.
For first-timers, herbs are a great option as they require little room and can even sit on a window sill.
If you have a larger space make a list of the vegetables you want to grow.
To get things going, grow lettuce and radishes because they grow fast.
My top tip is to plant a new batch of salad leaves as soon as the last batch has sprouted, so you have a continuous supply all summer.
Next, you’ll need to decide where you want your patch it to be, a sunny sheltered spot is better.
Avoid a place where overhanging trees or buildings give a lot of shade.
If you want to grow plants like cucumbers and tomatoes they’ll need shelter from the wind, so use some sort of protection like a fence.
Preparing the soil
You’ll then need to clear the ground by removing all the weeds before you plant.
So dig the ground and turn over the soil removing all the weeds, roots, and stones.
For very large areas use a rotavator
Add compost to the soil to improve structure and fertility.
I make my own compost with old vegetable matter, lawn clippings, and anything I prune.
Get the best from your plants
Follow the instructions closely on the seed packet, especially when you’re new to vegetable gardening.
Crop rotation is very important when growing your own vegetables because it helps reduce the build-up of pests.
It works by growing specific types of vegetables on different parts of the vegetable plot each year.
Easy vegetables to grow.
As a beginner, you’ll want to choose crops that are easy and that you enjoy.
Courgettes and runner beans are very easy to grow.
Try broccoli, kale, and spinach which are full of vitamins.
My favourites are potatoes, especially the early varieties.
I love the taste of spuds freshly dug up and cooked with butter!
Don’t forget to grow beetroot, carrots, and onions.
And grow salad crops such as lettuce and tomatoes
Plus spring onions – these all grow quickly and there should be plenty of them.
You mustn’t forget fruit, as they’re easy to freeze and turn into jam.
Apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are good choices for beginners.
Always remember to keep in mind what you like to cook when you’re planting.
Finally, have fun and enjoy yourself.
Stuff you may need
- Seed/vegetable seedling plants
- Digging spade
- Garden trowel
- Garden fork
- Garden knife
- Garden secateurs