Having your own vegetable garden is very beneficial in many ways. I love just being able to go out the back and getting whatever we need for dinner. Our diet has lots of the Zucchinis, eggplant, beetroot, sweet potato, Snow peas, and asian greens so we choose to grow those mostly. To buy this from the supermarket can get quite expensive especially if you like to eat organic like us. Planning the right vegetables to eat at the right season is essential so do a little research be for planting and make sure it is in season.
Our kids are in the veggie garden every day, it’s a great way to teach them where things come from and how they grow and I have a little bit of responsibility to water them and look after them. They think it is amazing and really enjoy it to. I find that they ate their vegetables when I get to pick them themselves they were always sitting in the veggie garden eating snow peas straight from the vine.
Tips for growing a veggie garden
When picking a spot for your veggie garden make sure it is in full sun
Make sure you get a soil that is rich in nutrients. Getting a soil tester is a great way to make sure everything is at the right balance.
When planting a vegetable on a vine make sure you have something there for it to climb up so the vegetables do not sit on the ground and rot.
Make sure the spacing between your vegetables are exactly how the tag says you should do it. If you don’t give them the right space they won’t grow as there meant to.
Watering is essential not letting the soil get dry if you’re unsure dig around the side of one of the plants to see if it’s dry.
When planting tomatoes take off all the leaves below the top few leaves and plant the whole plant in the ground but leave the few leaves you left on poking out of the soil. This will make your tomato plant grow a lot stronger
When dealing with pests that get on your plant and would like to keep your plants organic, there is a great recipe to make up and put into a spray bottle and sprayed both sides of the leaves of your plant.
- 1 teaspoon each of:
- Cooking oil
- Organic soap (e.g. coconut soap), grated
- 1. Mix alll ingredients in 1 litre of w
- 2. Bring to the boil.
- 3. Allow to cool.
- 4. Strain out all solids.
- 5. Spray top an
d undersides of leaves every 7-10 days.