Organic vegetable gardens bring special rewards, and it will make you feel like a seasoned homemaker in short order. This year certainly has changed how we work and live, and technology has made it possible for many more people to work from home full-time. With less time stuck in traffic, we now have more time at home, and the opportunity to plant a vegetable garden. The benefits are ample, and with a significant focus on staying healthy, having your own veggie garden is something every homeowner should consider.
Like they say, location, location, location! Yes, even your veggie garden needs the best spot. Most veggies and herbs grow best in the sunniest part of your garden, and some with partial shade. Tending to your veggies is something you will need to do often, so place your veggie garden close and conveniently near your house where you can keep an eye on it and have a water outlet nearby.
The easiest way to start your veggie patch is with a square foot garden on a raised bed. You can also plant in pots or straight into the ground. Making a square foot frame is simple and not expensive, and you'll be surprised how many different veggie or herb varieties you can fit into one square foot garden.
There are only three things your plants need, maybe four; soil, sun, water, and your attention. It is a myth that only some people have green fingers; anyone can have a green thumb if you give your plants the attention they need. There is a saying, "The best thing for your garden is your shadow."
Give a lot of attention to your soil, remember your soil is what will feed the plants, and the happier the soil, the more nutrient-dense your veggies will be, and the healthier. Healthy plants are more resistant to disease and bugs. Use only organic fertiliser; you'll be surprised to learn that the best food for your soil is organic matter from your kitchen scraps. Using kitchen scraps provides an excellent fertiliser and also makes waste in your garbage bin less.
Once your soil is well prepared, check your planting dates, the seed packets all have helpful instructions about spacing, season etc. If you are new at this, a great place to start is planting leafy greens. They tend to grow easily and will seed themselves at the end of their life cycle.
Make sure you give your plants enough water and have well-drained soil. Don't overplant; less is more at first. A simple rule of thumb is that there are cool-season veggies that grow in spring (lettuce, spinach, root veggies) and warm-season veggies that you only plant once the soil has warmed up (tomatoes, peppers).
Now for the best part! Harvest your veg when young and tender, and only pick them when you want to eat them. Pull root crops as soon as they reach edible size and collect leaf crops by cutting them to within 5 cm off the ground. Enjoy eating fresh organic veg and herbs from your garden to your table!
Growing your own veggies is one more way of living more green around your home. You will reduce the amount of plastic that goes through your home, reduce your waste, and be healthier for it.
If you think you need a bigger veggie patch, we have plenty of good country homes to choose from at the moment, and banks approval rates are still at an all-time high, making this a perfect time to find your dream home in the country. If you're in the market to invest, then do it now.