Gardening has gained a vast amount popularity recently and its rise is set to continue for the next 5 to 10 years. There are a number of reasons people have become more interested in growing their own vegetables. Needless to say, improving health is one of the top reasons with the growing trend of health, wellness and fitness enthusiasts. Other motives may just be to have a positive impact on the environment, starting a new hobby or to simply save money. If you’re one of these people, we can imagine the excitement you’re feeling at the thought of about growing their own vegetables and the sense of achievement you hope to feel come harvesting time! However, we all know beginners of any task are prone to making so many mistakes. So, before you jump into your wellies and march down to your garden, consider these 6 tips to get you started on the right track for achieving the best results in your vegetable garden!
Choose your ground – This is really important. You need a spot with plenty of sunshine and preferably away from long grass or other plants – this means slugs and snails will have nowhere to hide if they attack your plot.
If you can find a spot without any weeds in the first place you’re on to a winner! Although, we know how hard this can be, so if you can’t find a weed-free plot, make sure you give it a thorough weeding!
Follow the instructions – Always read the back of your seed packets. The instructions are written by experts who want you to get the most out of their products. They’re there for a reason!
Build raised beds – Raised beds are always a better option than planting at ground-level. It gives you a huge advantage against slugs and snails and gives you better control of the soil.
Prepare your soil – We can’t stress this enough! Follow the instructions in our previous blog post – “5 Simple Tips To Prepare Soil for Spring”
Choose ‘easy’ plants
Choose some of the easier crops to grow such as salad leaves, peas, beans or potatoes. You’ll be much more likely to stick at it if you’re successful.