1. Prepare your patch
The first thing to do is establish your vegetable patch.
The ideal location is a space at least 3×1.2m in size and is sheltered from the wind yet exposed to sunshine for the majority of the day. If you already grow flowers (or your lawn!) in your potential vegetable patch then it is more than likely a good spot to grow your veg too. Be careful if this space is liable to flood; a well-drained patch is preferred if possible.
Dig up the soil in your patch around 6” deep and mix with soil conditioner or natural compost to improve the nutrient content in your soil.
2. Plant your seeds!
a) Broadcast them – This is the ‘scatter approach’ to planting your seeds. Not ideal if you’ve only got a few seeds as many growing plants need space to develop, and a nearby plant may hinder their progress. If your vegetable doesn’t mind sharing its space feel free to rake the seeds into the soil or sprinkle the patch with compost and press it down.
b) Use a seed mat/tape – If you can’t face planting your seeds individually then use a seed mat or seed tape. Simply place on your compost and add more compost on top – it’s as easy as that!
3. Make them comfortable
To ensure your seeds have the best chance of growing up to be large and succulent vegetables, you must make them comfortable!
One of the best ways to guarantee comfort for your vegetables is investing in an automatic watering system – aka a Dripper from Easy Watering. This device takes charge of watering your plants so you don’t have to rely on regular rainfall or a neighbour wielding a watering can when you’re on holiday. It also drips water directly to the root of the plant; helping to conserve water supply and reduce your fertiliser spend.
If your patch was plagued by weeds from time-to-time then keep an eye on your veg. You don’t want weeds making the most of the valuable nutrients and taking up garden space which could be detrimental to the success of your crop.
4. Reap the harvest
Why not make the most of your harvest and follow a free recipe to make scrummy food from your home-grown produce.
You can also create your own fruit basket and give it to friends or family for Christmas or their birthday.
Finally, go out and win some awards! If you’ve grown a whopping carrot or a ginormous onion, chances are there will be a gardening exhibition or horticultural show nearby to display your finest produce and win a rosette or two.