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Why You Should Start A Fruit and Vegetable Garden

Why You Should Start A Fruit and Vegetable Garden

When you grow your own fruit and veg, you will have access to fresh ingredients that you can use to create fresh and delicious meals. Here are some great reasons why you should start a fruit and vegetable garden.


Controlling Your Own Crops

When you choose to grow your fruit and veg, you have control over what ends up on your plate. You also get to choose the fertilizer, water and the pest control you want to use or if you prefer to grow an organic garden.

The Freshness

There is nothing better than fresh picked fruit and vegetables. After produce has been picked, it starts to lose moisture and nutrients. When you grow your own produce though, you know when it has been picked and how fresh it is.

Give Your Garden Life

A fruit and vegetable garden adds life, beauty and color to your garden. You will love to watch your plants grow, smell sweet strawberries and see a cucumber crisp on a warm day.

Spend Less

A big advantage of growing your own fruit and vegetables is that you save money. Seeds are not that expensive and are definitely cheaper than buying fruit and veg at a store.

A Family Hobby

Gardening is fun and a great activity for your whole family to get involved with. Kids can get their hands dirty and become involved with the produce that they eat. Having your own fruit and veg garden starts from plating the seeds to making a salad.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is vital to our health and going into the garden every day for just 30 minutes will promote positive energy and better sleep. Just don’t forget to put on your sunscreen.

There are plenty of benefits to growing your own fruit and vegetable garden. You will have the choice of how you want your garden, whether you want to go organic and also what to plant. You can keep the garden seasonal and grow different produce throughout the year. The whole family can get involved with creating a fruit and vegetable garden and you will reap the benefits.

10 Plants to Grow in Your Veggie Garden

10 Plants to Grow in Your Veggie Garden

Do you want to know what plants you can grow in your veggie garden? Take a look at these best plants to grow.

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Buckwheat is a multipurpose plant that is often used as a green manure as it is able to shade out weeds and produces a lot of green material that will enrich the soil.

Buckwheat is an easy grain to grow and can be used in a salad.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be grown in different areas, are nutritious, delicious and can be stored. You will need to have a light sandy soil and good drainage to grow them.


Blueberry plants are more attractive than others. The plant produces berries and turns red in autumn. Blueberries are also healthy and provide many antioxidants. You will need an acidic soil, but you are able to find blueberries for all climates.


The Amaranth plant is very pretty, usually honey gold or a deep orange with green leaves. The leaves can be cooked and eaten. Amaranth is an easy grain to grow and can be popped like popcorn and eaten as a cereal.


Chickpeas are nutritious and are able to handle the frost and the heat.


Beets are high in folate and good for you in a number of ways. They can be stored well and are great for salads and cooking. If you are not a big fan of beets try roasting them with salt and pepper or puree them with ginger and apples.


Flax can be grown in your flowerbed and is a wonderful blue. Even though this plant looks great, you really want to grow flax for the seeds. Flaxseed oils are almost half omega 3 fatty acids. You can add flaxseed to your baked goodies and to cooking.


Popcorn is suitable for home gardens and you are able to find dwarf varieties that produce a good yield. You can grind popcorn for flour or pop it for food.

Kidney Beans

Kidney beans have less protein than soybeans, but they do yield more and they are close to soy in terms of total protein.


Once rhubarb is established it is able to tolerate any growing conditions. Rhubarb is delicious but you will have to sweeten it quite a bit. You can avoid sugar by using apple juice, stevia or pureed cooked beets.

Composting Tips

If you are new to composting or if you want to improve your current compost heap then here are some great tips.

Buy a Compost Bin

If you are not the type to build a compost heap then you get a compost bin. You are able to get them in all sizes and you can get compact ones that are ideal for smaller gardens and yards.

The Perfect Spot for Your Compost Bin

Your compost bin is best in an area that is level and has good drainage so that excess water will drain away. This is will also help worms to get in and out.

The Worms do the Hard Work

The perfect waste disposal unit is the simple worm. They are able to live their whole lives in dark, moist area like a compost heap. They eat up the waste that you put in and turn it into liquid feed and compost.

Putting the Right Stuff In


Good items for composting are fruit waste, vegetable peels, grass cutting and plant prunings. These are items are fast to break down and provide moisture and nitrogen.

You can also include items like fallen leaves, paper and cardboard egg boxes. These do take longer to decompose but provide fiber and carbon.

The Wrong Stuff to Put In

You should never put any meat or dairy products in your compost bin. Also do not put in any diseased plants, cat litter, animal waste or nappies in. avoid composting any perennial weeds or weeds with seed heads. Plastics, glass and metals are also not suitable for composting and should be recycled separately.

The Right Balance

Good compost is getting the right mix. You need to keep your browns and greens balanced. If your compost is too wet then add more browns and if it is too dry add greens. There also needs to be enough air, which you can add my including scrunched up bits of cardboard as creates air pockets.

A Good Airing

Compost heaps need regular turning. You can buy special tools for this that have long handles. Turning compost helps to aerate it and mix up the waste for faster composting.

The Best from your Compost

When your compost is ready it will have a dark brown or almost black soil layer at the bottom of the bin. The texture should be spongy. Soil quality is improved when the finished compost is spread over flowerbeds as it helps to suppress weeds and retain moisture.

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How to Start an Organic Garden

How to Start an Organic Garden

You can avoid pesticides; genetically modified foods and toxic additives by starting your own organic garden. This will give you the benefit of knowing exactly how your food is prepared and where it comes from.

Planning your Garden

Before you start to decide on what you are going to plant you first need to establish what your goals are for your garden as well as to learn how to efficiently avoid seeds and plants that are low quality.

Do you intend for your garden to feed you and your family for months? If this is the case that you might want to consider to start with a smaller garden to practice your techniques.

No matter what the size is you need to make sure that you are using your right seeds.

You need to buy high quality seeds that have been certified as organic.

The great thing is that once you have purchased your first batch of seeds you can use the seeds from your new plants in the future to plant some more.

With soil you will need to get some organic soil unless you have a compost pile that you can use.

Now you need to decide what to grow. Good choices are:

  • Pea shoots
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Beetroot
  • Courgettes
  • Mint
  • Onions
  • Dwarf French beans
  • Strawberries

These are easy to grow and are great to start with.

Setting Your Gardenorganic

You will need to determine the best place for your organic garden that is in keeping with the size that you have planned.

If you are planning a herb or vegetable garden then you will need to have at least 6 hours of sun a day. You will also need to make sure that there are enough draining abilities.

Once you have decided on a spot just observe it for a day or two and see how much sun it gets and the intensity of the sun.

The soil is also important. You have optimal soil f your soil holds its shape but crumbles with a gentle poke. You have clay based soil if your soil holds its shape and doesn’t crumble when it is poked. If the soil just falls apart then you have sandy soil.


Once you have got your plants, dig a deep hole that is twice as wide as the root ball of your plant.

Place your plant in the area and backfill with the soil that you removed. You then need to tamp it in and make sure that you water it thoroughly.

Once you have planted everything cover the garden in a 3-inch layer of organic soil.