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How to Plant Your Own Veggie Garden

19 Nov 2017

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Want to harvest fresh vegetables from your very own backyard? Now you can!

Planting a vegetable garden at home isn’t just a great way to save money on produce; it’s also a fun way to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.

From choosing what to grow to picking the perfect spot, this step-by-step guide to planting your own veggie garden will have you honing your inner green-thumb in no time.

Choose What to Plant

While it may be tempting to buy seeds for every single fruit and vegetable, some plants will give you better harvests and a quicker crop turnover than others. Some great options include:

  • Tomatoes – These are easy to grow and continue to provide throughout the year. Plus, what a great excuse to make more Italian dishes!
  • Spinach and silverbeet – Green leafy vegetables are generally easy to grow and offer long yield. Popeye would approve!
  • Beans – One of the easiest vegetables to grow, beans are great for first-time vegetable gardeners and children’s vegetable gardens.
  • Herbs – Herbs last a long time on the plant, making it easy for you to grab a sprig or a few leaves whenever you need to add some flavour to your dishes.

Prepare Your Soil

Once you’ve decided what you’ll be growing, you should have a pretty good idea of how much space you’ll need for your garden bed. A good rule of thumb is to start small and focus on keeping the soil healthy.

Create your garden bed with these steps:

  1. Choose a spot in your yard that gets the sun for at least 6 hours a day.
  2. Work the soil when it’s moist (but not wet). Remove any weeds and debris from the area.
  3. Use a fork to turn the soil over to a depth of at least 12 inches.
  4. Add 2-3 inches of compost or manure and rake to level.
  5. Apply a thick layer of mulch – this helps the soil retain moisture.

Plant Your Seeds

Plant your seeds in single-file rows with enough space for you to work in between them (around 18 inches apart should be sufficient). Water your garden bed weekly, ensuring the top inch of soil remains moist.

Keep weeds away by regularly stirring the top inch of soil with a fork and apply a thick layer of mulch or plastic to discourage weed seeds from germinating.

Insects can be controlled naturally with the use of ground chilli, garlic, sawdust, and crushed egg shells.

Harvest Your Crops

Now all that’s left is to enjoy your home-grown harvests! Depending on what you’ve planted, your different plants will be ready for picking at different times. If it looks good enough to eat, go ahead and pick your produce!

Put your fresh tomatoes to good use with this delicious recipe for chorizo-stuffed calamari!