More and more people are choosing to grow their vegetables, instead of purchasing them from the supermarket. And, why not?
By growing your own vegetables, you can not only avoid the high costs of supermarket produce. But you can also avoid ingesting nasty chemicals, used to treat store bought veggies.
Instead of using your garden just to grow flowers, take advantage of the space you have and use it to grow healthy and nutritious produce that you and your family can enjoy.
Of course, if you have never grown vegetables before, it sounds much easier said than done. However, by following a few simple tips, you can easily create a vegetable patch that thrives.
Here is our guide to five top tips for growing vegetables in your garden:
1. Choose a sunny spot for your vegetable patch
Your best bet for ensuring vegetable patch success is to choose a location for it that gets lots of sun. Ideally, you want your veggie patch to be getting between six and eight hours of sunlight a day.
If your garden doesn’t seem to get much sun, that doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own vegetables. It just means that you may need to be a bit more creative about it. If, for example, your garden seems to get around three hours of direct sunlight each day. It might be a good idea to invest in some HydroGrow LED lights, to help your veggies grow.
2. Soak your seeds
Before planting your seeds, take the time to soak them in water. If you are new to vegetable growing this may sound a little odd, but soaking your seeds is one of the best veggie growing tips.
Before a seed can germinate, first it needs to take in moisture like they would get from the rain. Once the seeds soak in the water and become plump, the embryo inside them will begin to grow.
3. Don’t sow directly
If the weather is cold, your best bet for veggies growing success is to plant your seeds in small pots and keep them on your windowsill for a while. Once the seeds have grown into seedlings, you can them replant them in your vegetable patch.
This might sound like a strange thing to do, but it gives the seeds a better chance at growing into healthy vegetables.
4. Protect your vegetables
If you are growing organic, then you won’t want to use pesticides or other chemicals to protect your vegetables from insect attacks. But there are some other things you can do.
One of the best ways to protect seeds from insect attacks is to place a small cardboard tube around where the seed has been sown, pushing it a couple of inches into the ground. Then, once the seed has grown into a plant, you can then remove this. There are also many other excellent ways you can keep your growing veggies safe from insect and animal attacks.
5. Plant vertically
If space in your garden is a problem, start planting things like beans, cucumbers and squashes vertically, using a trellis. This will stop them from sprawling all over your vegetable patch and will give you more room to grow your other veggies.
If you know what you are doing, growing your own vegetables is an incredibly worthwhile hobby. It’s fun, easy to do and is an excellent way to get the whole family eating healthy and nutritious foods.