We don't know about you, but when we watch Jamie at Home growing his own vegetables and within minutes produce culinary highlights, we get jealous and zealous at the same time! Jealous because his job must just be great; being outside in your wellies, doing a bit of gardening, doing a bit of cooking and most importantly doing lots of eating! And zealous because we're itching to get out there ourselves and grow our own veg and fruit and hopefully feel a bit like Jamie Oliver must do. But where do you start? How do you grow your own veg? When to grow vegetables? Review Centre hopes to take away some of these mysteries and provide you with some no-nonsense, straight forward and uncomplicated advice on how to grow vegetables! We also have reviews of fruit and easy to grow vegetables, written by people just like you: consumers after growing vegetables themselves. Why not have a look at our grown your own vegetables category afterwards?
Lets grow veg
There is a few ways of growing vegetables. You could go for the "all-inclusive" option. Rent or buy a public garden plot and grow anything and everything you could imagine. This might be an option if you have lots of time to spent, but what about "DIY fruit and veg" if you do 9-5 Monday to Friday and more often than not put in some overtime? The answer can be found at most garden centres in garden pots, garden containers and growbags. These will fit easily in small gardens, back yards and even on balconies, making it an ideal option for those of us who are not only strapped for time but perhaps are also strapped for space! Let's have a look at what you can grow using pots, containers and growbags; the journey to your own organic vegetables starts here!
How to Grow Tomatoes
I say growing bags, you say tomatoes! Growing bags are a great tool to grow your own tomatoes. Simply get as many growing bags as you need or can fit and get some tomato plants. Make holes to fit your plants in (usually 2-3 plants per bag) and get some canes. Tomato plants can get quite top heavy for obvious reasons, so it is advisable to have a good support frame of canes and wires to ensure your plants stays in top condition and are protected when the British summer produces some less sunny weather. Plant your tomatoes in spring, put them in a sunny spot or a greenhouse and enjoy them all summer long! Ensure you keep the soil moist and regularly fertilise it. If you fancy planting chilli peppers and sweet peppers, cucumbers and a variety of herbs and salads then growing bags are great for them too! Finally after summer you can use the compost of your growing bags to top up your garden soil.
How to Grow Potatoes
Glorious chips are made from glorious potatoes, so why not grow your own spuds this year? Start in January or the latest February by chitting the seed potatoes. Chitting is done best by removing the eyes on the crown of the potato by cutting away the eye about 3mm deep. This way the eyes on the side of the potato will sprout instead which gives the best results. Put them in old egg boxes with the crown up and leave them in a well lit place until they have sprouted about 1.5-2.5cm. Plant them in soil that is getting warm, usually in April. Dig a trench about 10cm deep and place the chitted potatoes carefully with the sprouts up in the trench. Space them at about 30cm and if you have multiple trenches, space them at about 50cm. Carefully cover them ensuring that the top of the sprouts are just visible. As the potatoes grow, keep carefully topping up the soil around the sprouts, ensuring they are just visible. Consequently you will end up with what will look like mole heaps around your potatoes. Also make sure they have plenty of water and put them in a sunny position. Your potatoes are ready for lifting when the above ground part is green and flowers appear, although you can leave them in longer which is an excellent way of preserving them. If you're stuck for space, you can plant potatoes in pots and containers too, however, you will obviously be limited in the amount you can grow. Simply ensure your pot or container is at least about 35cm in both width and depth and follow the above steps - glorious spuds were never easier!
How to grow Beans
And then there's beans, and plenty of varieties to choose from too! Fancy some dwarf beans with the potatoes you have planted already? Beans are quite easy to plant and grow, but they need a little preparation in early spring. The preparation is done by creating the right soil bed for them containing plenty of fertilised soil, so dig up some soil and put plenty of manure and compost in it in early spring and keep it moist and weed free. Beans grow best in a sunny, moist and sheltered spot. As bean plants can grow quite large, you can also create wigwam style supports in advance where you bean plants can grow around. Simply put some seeds in the your prepared soil in late May or the beginning of June and water well. Once they start growing ensure the plants wrap themselves around the wigwam and when they start producing beans, just start picking - the more you pick, the more crop you will yield. Growing in containers or pots? Simply ensure your pot or container is at least about 45cm in both width and depth and follow the above steps - enjoy!
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