Grow Your Own Dinner
More people than ever before are beginning to grow vegetables in their garden. Growing your own vegetables can be a very satisfying form of gardening and many people are even turning over some flower beds for the production of vegetables for the family.
Growing vegetables is just as easy as growing flowers and, unlike flowers, you can eat the results. Find a small area to begin with where you can plant your vegetable patch. An area in the corner of your suburban garden would be a great start.
Next you should prepare the soil for planting. Break up the ground and remove all traces of weeds, grass and stones. Add fertilizer and dig it well in, then leave your prepared patch for a few days before digging it over once more. You are aiming to achieve a soil that is fine and free from weeds and stones.
Certain types of soil are better for growing certain types of vegetables. For example, if your soil is rich in nitrogen, vegetables such as cabbage and spinach will thrive better than root vegetables as they generally require a soil that is rich in potash. So for the best results, buy a soil tester to determine the type of soil in your garden.
Before planting, check the labels of your plants to make sure that you are planting at the correct time of year. Easy vegetables to grow are potatoes, lettuce, cabbage, beetroot and spinach. Plant seeds in a greenhouse to give them the best possible start.
Once you have your vegetables planted, your next step is to make sure that your patch remains as weed free as you can. If you do the weeding regularly they won’t be able to get established in your vegetable garden. Weeds will steal the nutrients that your vegetables need to flourish. So a regular weeding regime is an absolute necessity for a healthy crop of vegetables.
When planting, always remember to label the rows so that you remember where you have planted things. It can be difficult to remember a few weeks later when your plants begin to sprout.
Even if you don’t have a garden, you can grow some lettuce, spinach and even herbs for the table in containers outside the kitchen door. It is really good to be able to pick a few leaves for your salads when you need them.
Buying a good book on growing vegetables would be a great addition to your bookshelf and would be a handy reference when you need some advice.
Now you can enjoy watching your dinner grow…
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