Thursday, 23 May 2013

Featured Post: Starting A Vegetable Garden At Home


It's day four of National Vegetarian Week and today I am featuring another surprisingly simple way to eat Vegetarian - by having your own vegetarian food readily accessible in your garden!

With the upcoming bank holiday, now is a great time to start updating and upgrading the garden, and it's also a great time to get some nice vegetables planted. As people seek out ways to eat more sustainable food, and  live more sustainable lives for the good of the environment, more and more are finding the ideal of growing their own vegetables to be very appealing. However, not everyone knows the best ways to go about planning and growing a vegetable garden - or, for that matter, the best vegetables to consider! So with that in mind, here is a quick guide that can help you to get your home vegetables going.

To begin with, you'll need to plan your garden and acquire the necessary seeds and tools to get it started. Here are a few basic tips:
  • Accessorise first. There's nothing more frustrating in gardening than getting half way through a task only to find you need to run out and buy more equipment! You can easily buy seeds at a local gardening centre, and equipment at sources like MySmartBuy, but it's a good idea to be thorough about the process.
  • Utilize compact containers. When many people hear the term "vegetable garden," they immediately imagine digging around in the yard - and if you have the space for it, great! But even if your garden space is limited, compact containers can help certain plants to thrive even if they're hanging on your windowsill or porch.
  • Garden vertically. This is another great way to conserve space. A "hanging garden" of containers dangling one above the other (many even use old rain gutters to great effect) can help you to maximize your space for growing vegetables.
  • Continue to research. Reading a single article or a few pages in a book is rarely enough to teach you everything you need about growing certain vegetables. Thorough preparation, on the other hand, will prepare you to grow healthy, delicious veggies at home.
Once you've considered how and where to arrange your vegetable garden, you'll need to approach the more exciting step of picking out the foods you'd like to grow! You have a very wide range of options to consider, but here are a few vegetables that can grow particularly well in home environments, as noted by Mother Nature Network.
  • Peas - A large number can be grown in a single container, provided they have a railing or structure to climb up. Extreme heat won't do them any favours, but home-grown peas are delicious.
  • Tomatoes - Popular favourites for home growing, tomatoes can thrive in very simple, compact locations. A single container, a spot in the sun, and you'll have a perfect tomato plant.
  • Broccoli - Also a relatively low-maintenance option that requires a single container 12 to 16 inch deep, broccoli is a favourite because it is very healthy and useful in a variety of meals.
These are just a few of many great home vegetable options. But they can be a great start to your vegetable garden experience!

Disclosure: This is a featured post. All opinions are my own.

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