Through out lockdown I have been asked about growing vegetables. I have had an allotment for about 11 years in total and as a busy working mum I don’t get to spend loads of time to tender my plants. Here are a few tips to help you get underway if you fancy starting a veggie patch in your back garden.
- Grow food that you enjoy to eat, expensive in the shop or have so much more flavour when freshly picked.
- Start with three or four vegetables so you don’t get overwhelmed if things don’t go to plan.
- Choose reliable crops that are more foolproof than others such as tomatoes, peas, beans, lettuce, beetroot, spinach, chard and radishes. These can also be grown in troughs, pots and hanging baskets.
- If you have a large patch of soil squashes, cucumbers and courgettes cover lots of ground and suppress weeds.
- If you only have a windowsill, herbs that last a long time are a good option. Hardy herbs such as rosemary, sage and thyme that last all year round. Perennial herbs (die down and grow back in following years) are also a good option such as marjoram, oregano and thyme.
- Chose a sunny spot in the garden for best result. Well drained soil best. To avoid lots of watering plant plastic squash bottles in the ground upside down and cut the bottom off so you can store water in them.
- Fruit shrubs are easy to maintain and can be grown in pots as well as the garden. Gooseberries, blueberries, raspberries and various currants grow really easily and the berries freeze well. If you have more space plant a fruit tree.
March is a great time to get planting seeds. Peas, broad beans, garlic, leeks and beetroot can be planted straight into the ground so need to pot them up.
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