Why Grow Vegetables in Your Garden in the Spring?

Growing your own veg at home is truly a joy. There’s the satisfaction of harvesting your own homegrown fresh ingredients, and the fresh tasting food you’ll receive from whatever you harvest from a commercial store. And for those of you who don’t have the space for a large vegetable patch, veg planter boxes are an excellent method of getting in on the action. They’re practical, and can provide a good source of fresh produce year round. They’re also relatively cheap and easy to make yourself, which makes them very convenient.

I used to have a large back yard surrounding my house. It was larger than most apartments, and quite unsuitable for growing plants other than tomatoes (my Wife liked peas). So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and build a raised bed in the courtyard garden. The results were… fantastic!

Vegetable plants need water. That was a real shock for me when I first built my veg planter box. Initially, my water source was a hose that went into a hole in the wall. The soil in my little courtyard was horrible, with lots of pea gravel and surprisingly, even dirt. But I was determined to keep my plants happy so I built a simple irrigation system using an old washing up cup, and some inexpensive no-holes water holes valve cartridges. This worked perfectly, and soon had me harvesting vegetables like lettuce and beans without having to use so much water.

When it comes to salad, your vegetables need to be kept happy and healthy, so you need to add some good, quality, bacteria to your soil. My friends and I would always plant different varieties of salad seeds, either mixed together or sown in pots, and we used a veg planter to do this. We were not only growing salad vegetables but vegetables such as pole beans, red onions and carrots too, all of which could be harvested ready to eat in the same growing season as our main source of salad greens.

We also planted a couple of garden pests in our raised garden beds. We mainly wanted to deter slugs, but we also put some teleranean termites into one corner of the garden, which have done us many favours. The downside is that we were not able to get the termites out of the ground because they love clay.

With a little care you can easily get rid of these pests by hand, but that would take ages, which is why it’s nice to have a home composting system to help you get your garden off the ground. By creating your very own compost heap you can start getting those valuable nutrients, which the vegetables you grow will need as they begin to mature. The best part is that you can do this no matter what kind of garden you have. Vegetables can do well in any type of garden – large, small or mixed. By growing your own vegetables you will save a lot of money from grocery shopping as you will only buy what you need!

By getting your plants started early you will be able to keep them watered while they are still small. We would ensure that each bed had a plant rather than just one plant in the bed with water in it – this ensured that the plant would be kept watered longer and therefore would produce more delicious fruit later on. This did not however stop us from watering our plants early on – it is important to leave water in the soil for your plants to thrive. We also watered our plants early in spring when they were just starting to flower, so that they had all they needed to get going straight away. This was a trial and error thing with our first couple of plants, but we stuck with it and they ended up blooming beautifully.

When it comes to planning out your garden it is important to plan for the future, and a veg planter will help you do that. By placing a small variety of your favourite vegetables in your compost heap at the beginning of spring, you will be ready to harvest as soon as they are ready. As they begin to mature you can then place them into your lovely new veg planter. These varieties include sweet potatoes (sweetcorn), red peppers, aubergines (apes), broccoli (broccoli), Brussels sprouts (brussel sprouts) and cucumbers (cucumbers).