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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.

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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.

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.

Planting

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.