There does exist something actually amazing about sowing a little seed, seeing it grow into a healthy herb and then harvesting the produce to be able to feed your household. The feeling of achievement and satisfaction definitely will leave you beaming, and hopefully those around you, likewise.
Sure, you’ve got to put in a bit of work, however the rewards are worthwhile – if you find yourself out in the fresh air, you will end up getting some exercise, you will be grasping something new and also savoring food that has been cultivated just like you want it to be.
However, if the whole thought of growing your own is attractive but would seem to be a little tricky, it needn’t be. Once you’ve got your ground prepared, grab yourself several seeds and you will soon be savoring tasty home-grown fruit and veg, and asking yourself why you didn’t start years ago.
Beginning steps Assuming you are already fortunate enough to own your own plot, be it a council-run allotment or possibly a vegetable spot in your own garden, then besides having a few fundamental bits of kit, all you’ll need to get things started is good old-fashioned hard work – plus some decent weather would not go amiss, either!
However , before you go hurrying off with fork in hand, it really is essential to have a very good planting system, even if it’s only provisional, especially if you’re a new comer to this ‘growing your own’ game. You will need to have an notion of what you wish to grow (it is best to pick stuff you know your family shall actually eat) and the whats and wherefores of how to do it. Keep it simple to begin with and once you’ve tasted good results, move on to even more adventurous crops and add fruit and veg you prefer growing instead of simply sticking to the more regular types. Adhere to directions on the back of the seed packet for individual planting conditions.
Ideal plot Chances are you’ll need to prepare the ground before you begin planting. If you put in the groundwork now, you’ll most certainly enjoy the benefits, so as you get down to digging, think of the pleasure you’ll get when you are tucking into your own fresh produce. The most important job is to get rid of the weeds as they’ll be fighting your fruit and veg for water, nutrients and space. It’s best to dig them out by hand, getting as much of the root out as possible, as using a rotavator simply chops up the roots. For annual weeds, this doesn’t cause a problem, but for perennial weeds like dandelions, each piece of root can make a new plant, so instead of getting rid of them, you’re just making more!
Once you’ve dug the plot over and got rid of as many weeds as possible, it’s worth adding some well-rotted compost to improve the condition of the soil – this will not only boost the structure but give your seeds and plants a head start. It’s also a good idea to apply a fertiliser to increase the nutrient content for your hungry soon-to-be veggies. For organic gardeners, incorporate a balanced general fertiliser such as blood, fish and bones about two weeks before you sow any seeds, and for traditionalists, try inorganic Growmore.
The final step to seed-ready soil is raking so you get a fine, crumbly tilth (top layer of soil). Remove any stones and you’re all set. Happy sowing and growing!