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Growing your Own


   Mar 15

Growing your Own

Food prices are rising, and with current food scares, people are wary about what and where they are buying their food. Increasingly, people turn to fresh, organic vegetables for their dinner plates, but organic veg can be quite expensive. One way of ensuring you get fresh vegetables cheaply and know exactly what has gone into the production of the food is to grow your own.

Allotments have become hugely popular over the last few years. What used to be a pastime of the superannuated is now popular with all sorts of people who are growing their own vegetables. In fact, most allotments up and down the country have waiting lists for plots, which means if you are thinking about growing your own veg, you may have a long wait.

Raised vegetable bed

Garden plots

Thankfully, you don’t need an allotment to grow your own vegetables. Indeed, you don’t even need a large garden; you can even grow vegetables in a window box or hanging basket. If you do have a large back garden, sectioning off a piece of it for growing vegetables can be a great way of putting fresh, healthy food on the table, but also it can help save you money.

If you don’t want to dig up the lawn, a great way of growing vegetables is to use raised beds. A raised vegetable bed can be placed anywhere, even on the patio, but will provide enough space to grow quite a few vegetables.

Vegetable growing kit

Vegetable growing kit

A great way to get started growing vegetables is to use a vegetable growing kit. These contain everything you need to grow your own, including a special water reservoir and feeder tray, which make growing simple and easy. Even if you have never grown anything before, a vegetable growing kit makes it easy to start. Best of all, it includes everything you need to get started, so you can be munching on your home grown vegetables in just a few weeks, depending on what you are growing.

A vegetable patch growing kit is also a simple way to get started. These contain little pots to grow your seedlings, which can later be transplanted into the ground or raised vegetable bed. Furthermore, these vegetable patch growing kits also contain all the seeds and a handy booklet on growing tips

No matter how much space you have for growing, making the most of it is what counts, and that means carefully choosing what to grow. While potatoes are a popular British staple, you are not going to be able to grow very many spuds in a window box of small plot of land. However, something like salad vegetables can be quick to grow and provide a decent meal. Or what about something like growing your own chillies, which can provide the ultimate accompaniment to all sorts of meals, from curries to salads.

Dib Dab

Growing accessories

Vegetable growing doesn’t require a massive amount of equipment, either. If you are using a raised bed kit or vegetable growing kit, all you need is something to treat the soil and plant the seeds. This hand three-in-one Dib Dab is a great tool that can be used as a rake, dibber and dibblet, which in many cases are all the tools you will need.

 

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