Is your new back garden becoming a waste of space? If you looking for a more practical outside area and a few square feet to spare, then perhaps starting your very own vegetable patch may be perfect for you. But don’t worry if you don’t know your carrots from your compost, our quick and easy guide to allotment heaven may just be what you’re looking for.
Know your seasons
Before you start your journey to gardening glory you need to educate yourself on which season vegetab
les are at their ripest, giving you a better idea of when to plant them. Here are a few popular veggies matched to their perfect season:
- Spring – peas, spinach, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, lettuce
- Summer – carrots, cucumbers, green beans, corn
- Autumn – green beans, broccoli, cabbage, pumpkins, cauliflower, aub
ergine, brussel sprouts
- Winter – cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, brussel sprouts
Let the sunshine in
Vegetables are a bit like humans, they become more alive with a little bit of sunshine, so make sure you place your vegetable patch in the sunniest spot of your garden. However, don’t worry if your vegetable patch falls in the shade as many leafy vegetables grow quite happily in these conditions.
Rotate your crops
It has been recommended that you rotate your crops around your garden every three years to keep your soil rich in nutrients. Draw a simple plan of the garden so you can remember where you have planted your vegetables and flowers each year and get ready to wow your dinner guests with delicious veg year after year after year.
Raise your flower beds
If you aren’t clued up on whether or not your soil is a good match for your chosen vegetables why not create a raised bed to avoid pathway weeds, provide good drainage and keep out those pesky slugs and snails (but more on those later!). If you are a dab hand at DIY, you’ll easily be able to create a raised bed, but you can also find some great raised flower beds from gardening shops such as Wickes or Homebase
Before you bring your vegetables to the dinner table you need to ensure that you are feeding them properly, so they grow to their full potential. According to the Royal Horticultural Society, vegetables need watering often as they grow so quickly. Check out the RHS website for some helpful information on how much water you should be using at each stage of your vegetables growth.
Get slug drunk
You’ve created your bed, you’ve planted your veg, and now you are dreaming of a rustic home cooked roast dinner. But what’s this? A family of slugs has decided to visit and eat all of your hard work! A quick solution if you don’t want to fill your garden with pellets is getting your slugs drunk. This quirky but effective method involves burying a tall cup (or empty washed out yoghurt pot) filled with beer and planting it into the soil resulting in the slug meeting a watery but presumably quite happy end.
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