Welcome to the era of grow-your-own food, but just how do you go about doing it, we live fast lives in an ever faster world, we don’t have time and we have even less space to work these wonders. But how true is that?
Grow your own
A resurgence in grow-your-own vegetables and fruit is taking hold of the UK, in this day and age of 24/7 supermarkets, low prices and often shockingly tasteless quality we looking for something better for our tables. We’ve been told 5 veg a day, but how do we make it more interesting and how can we enjoy better food quality and yet keep costs within reasonable limits and remain true to our green and environmental ethics.
Welcome to the era of grow-your-own food, but just how do you go about doing it, we live fast lives in an ever faster world, we don’t have time and we have even less space to work these wonders. But how true is that.
Your garden should be your first port of call, just how much space do you have, is it a patio garden, just a balcony or could you forfeit that space at the back, is there a tree in the way, lawns are easy to mow, but actually a looked after vegetable patch is also easy to keep up with.
If you have just a patio or balcony then perhaps a container garden or using patio planters is the best way forward, essentially you will be planting your vegetables in grow bags, which is unbelievably easy and there’s no weeding to do at all.
Next perhaps a trip to the garden centre is in order, these can be found nationwide, often they have a good restaurant attached and in cities they have tons of good ideas not just for the garden.
Most seed packets these days have all the instructions you need, when to plant, when to water, when to dig them up, choose anything you like the look off. But equally a good short cut for the time-short is to buy seedings or small pre-grown plants, planting from seed is more tricky so just buy something that’s already half grown.
Then follow the instructions.
Now wait – believe it or not most aspects about growing your own food is about waiting for the things to grow… dpon’t ask how, just watch daily and you’ll see, this is one of he satisfying aspects the the whole grow you’re own movement, you’ve done the work, cleared the space, brought the seeds and put them into the earth, you just have to wait.
Most jobs at this stage involve 5 minutes of watering or perhaps a quick weed if you have a big space. But really that’s all there is to it.
Crop and Eat – you’re done – you have grown your own vegetables, they are ready for eating, a quick wash under the cold tap and you can boil, bake, fry or just eat raw…
The truth of the matter is the to grow your own vegetables is actually remarkably easy and as a foot note to this article I would say:
Most of what you read in garden magazines, or hear about in garden shows vastly over complicated what nature knows best, that if you give something a chance to grow it simply will. You can always improve, grow bigger better more adventurous varieties, but if you are just starting out, then clearing some space and planting some seedlings could not be easier.