Nothing tastes better than fresh fruit and veggies that you’ve grown at home. As well as providing you and your family with fresh and organic food, building a veggie garden is simple and rewarding. Below we’ve created a handy guide that will help you to establish your own veggie patch: from deciding where, what and how to plant veggies, as well as how to feed and care for them.
Pick a good spot for your veggie garden
How much your veggies will receive will determine what you can plant. If you pick a spot that will receive 6 or more hours of sunshine each day then you can plant almost anything. There are a still plenty of grow that will grow quite happily with less sunshine. You also want to ensure you pick a spot with good quality soil. Good quality soil helps your plants to retain nutrients and hold enough water so that they can grow. To maximise soil quality, invest in additives such as compost, manure and even used coffee grounds.
Choose your veggies
Once you’ve picked your spot, do some research to understand the sunlight requirements of different veggies and choose accordingly. You’ll also need to consider the current season and what will be available to plant. The third consideration is how much time and effort you’d like to invest in growing your veggies. We like veggies that perennials, which means you plant them, harvest parts of them and they grow again. These include fennel, some kales and many herbs. Otherwise, we recommend starting with easy and fast-growing veggies like salad greens, rocket, spinach and other lettuce types.
Plant your garden
There are different options for planting your veggie garden. From garden beds to wooden planters to vertical gardens and pots, there’s an option to suit almost any household setup. Before you plant your veggies, start by preparing the soil. This is as simple as turning the soil over with a square-bladed spade, allowing the soil to aerate and to allow enough room for the roots to spread out. If you’re planting from seeds, it’s a good idea to read the packet to understand the depth requirement for each species. Water your seedlings regularly and use soil-enriching additives such as compost to keep them thriving.