has never been more incentive to grow some if not all of your own
vegetables as at the present time. Environmental and economic conditions
- and yes - a hankering for the 'good life' all add up to good reasons
to Grow your Own vegetables!
Most important, is the part that vegetables (should) play in our
diet general health. All animal life depends upon the eating of
vegetation. Even carnivores have to eat fellow animals who feed on
The growing of vegetables is not about 'goody goody' but about basic
healthy eating and living. There has to be a stronger move towards
eating vegetables - and fruit - if we wish to pursue a vital health
well into our old age.
But, we are not here to push the five a day argument. We are here
to show you how to best grow your own vegetables if you choose to do
Growing vegetables is also therapeutic. The growing, harvesting and
tasting of your own grown vegetables will give you a great deal of
satisfaction - and oft times smugness!
How To grow Vegetables.
- Growing your own vegetables is not easy - whatever people
might say. Other than the soil preparation, there are pest and
diseases to be on the lookout for, and environmental
considerations - not least the variable climate. If you are just
starting out on growing your own vegetables, then take it easy -
stage by stage. Get to know your soil type, speak to local
allotment holders, and see what other gardeners are growing in
your area. You might even start off by growing a few of the
'colourful' veggies in the shrub or perennial border. And, of
course - in containers.
What vegetables to grow
How to Grow your Vegetables
Where Can You Grow Vegetables?
- Vegetables can be grown in most gardens - even in flower
borders! But, for dedicated vegetable growing, an open, sunny
spot of the garden is best for most vegetables. You can also
vegetables in all manner of containers, grow bags, hanging
baskets, window boxes and as stated, many vegetables can be
grown in a mixed border. Some are very very colourful!
If you want to move on to providing vegetables for the family for
most of the year, then a dedicated vegetable garden is a must. This
can either be at home if there is room, or you might want to try
your hand at an allotment - if you can get one!
If your garden is perpetually damp, then a raised vegetable garden
might be the answer. In any event, raised beds are a good idea for
When Can You Grow Vegetables?
- If you are serious about your vegetable growing, then there
is something to be done in the vegetable plot at most times of
the year. However, the most productive time for growing most
vegetables is from late Spring through to Autumn. Many
vegetables that are grown in this period can also be stored for
use in the winter months. Together with this, there are several
vegetables that can be cropped throughout Winter - giving you
some form of fresh vegetables throughout the year.
If you have a greenhouse - or just a cold frame - this will extend
your season substantially. The same is true of other forms of
protection - cloches, horticultural fleece, and home-made low poly
tunnels are all good ways that will help you answer the question of
"When can I grow Vegetables?"
Who can Grow Vegetables?
- The whole family can be part of the vegetable growing
regime. It is no longer the preserve of The Man! Involve the
kids, and everyone else. After all, once they have tasted the
difference with shop-bought vegetables, they should be
encouraged to take part in the growing. There really is nothing
to stop anyone from growing vegetables.
between Fruit and Vegetables