Producing your own vegetables is something that may sound extremely daunting at first. What tools to use, how much time and effort must be invested, how to care for the seeds correctly. These are all questions that may cross your mind. And ultimately you may ask yourself; why should you?
Yes, you could just pop down to your local shop and pick up a bag of carrots for a few pounds and be on your way. But that wouldn't be anywhere near as satisfying as tucking in to your home grown efforts. The benefits that you reap from growing your own vegetable patch are much more than the time and effort that you sow.
· Cut down on waste.The single use plastic on many fruits and vegetables these days is unnecessary.Excessive plastic use is one of the single most damaging things to our planet,and for what purpose? One of the plastic cover’s uses is to merely provide means to attach branding and a bar code. This is of course eliminated when you grow your own, alongside any fuel used in transporting you to and from the place of purchase.
· The taste. We all know homemade food always tastes the best. When you grow your own, you know precisely what kind of pesticides and fertiliser you have used, and you can see exactly what you are eating. When you pick a fruit or vegetable right from your garden, it has optimum vitamin content.
· Mental well being. Britain as a nation have been diagnosed as being more stressed out than we have been for years. Gardening has been proven as one of the best natural stress busters and even just a small amount of time each day can really help improve your mentalwellbeing. It provides you with exercise, a clear head and vital time outdoors.
· Reduced monthly food bill. Of course, you will need to purchase the necessities that you require to grow your own veg. However, once you begin to create your own organic produce it will cost you a fraction of what you would pay in the supermarket.
· Healthier diet. Your vegetable intake will naturally increase. Kids are more likely to eat their 5-a-day too if they have been involved in the growing process. This will provide them with life skills and you all will feel a sense of achievement.
The truth is, really everyone can do it. Any age, any gender and with any kind of garden. And we are going to give you some quick hints and tips to show you how.
Early Spring; around February/ early March, is the perfect time to begin the growing process. You will need to start your seeds off indoors as the frost is still underground and this will kill off your plants straight away. Planting them indoors now and moving them outside come April or when you are adamant that the frost has gone, will provide you with the perfect summer vegetables.
Your seeds need to be in a propagator or something similar to start with; this provides them with the safe and warm space they need to grow and become healthy and strong. When the frost has gone in Spring, you can then begin to move them outdoors and transfer them into soil. You must prepare your soil to be level and fine using a rake before the addition of your plants.Each vegetable has varying growth time, so it is important that you research carefully into the specific plants that you are growing.
We have everything you need to start and maintain your perfect vegetable patches here at Milestone. Please don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff for any extra advice or guidance that you need, someone is always on hand to help.
You will need:
· Vegetable seeds
· A Grow House or Greenhouse
· Watering Can
· Digging Fork
· Gardening gloves