Now Spring is hopefully on the way it’s the perfect time to get back out in the garden. There’s nothing more satisfying than growing your own vegetables. It’s great for your health, the environment and can save you money too. Even if you are a complete novice gardener (I am certainly no pro) it’s easy to get started.
Start a Potted Garden
The easiest way to start growing food for your kitchen is to grow herbs in pots. Kids love growing cress as it sprouts quickly. Herbs can be grown indoors on a windowsill or outdoors on patio. Another great first vegetable to grow and use are salad leaves. Once you have established a few potted herbs and salad leaves you can move onto growing your favourite vegetables in pots too. Potatoes can even be grown in a bag or sack in the garden.
March and April are the best time of year to plant pot grown fruit trees and bushes. With a little care these will provide fruit for years to come.
Dig a Vegetable Patch
Once you’ve established a potted vegetable garden you may want more room to grow and increase your vegetable yield. The best way is to create a dedicated vegetable patch. Make a raised vegetable garden to avoid straining your back when tending to the vegetables.
Pick the fruit and vegetables that you most enjoy eating and you’ll soon be reaping your rewards at the dinner table.
Enthusiast gardeners may wish to improve their crops by using a polytunnel to protect crops from pests and weathers. This Mini Polytunnel (4ftx5ft) from First tunnels is ideal for domestic gardeners.
Win a Mini Polytunnel
Head over to First tunnels for the chance to win a mini polytunnel, worth £90.
Do you enjoy growing vegetables? What are your top tips for new gardeners?