“I grow plants for many reasons: to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty, for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.” – David Hobson
In times like these you don’t have to be a green-thumbed garden aficionado to think about growing your own vegetables. As of this writing we are in Phase I of the Spanish lockdown exit strategy and the closure of many local markets, long queues at supermarkets and the fear to carry home a bag of veg from unknown sources has made many people stretch out their feelers towards the hands-on approach - all the more so as veggie gardening is no rocket science.
You don't need a big plot of land and heavy machinery to get started. The veggie garden we have in mind needs very little space and don’t cost a lot to get started. And it's great for people who don’t have a lot of practice or confidence in gardening… or a lot of time. The workload is minimal, but the rewards are great, so give it try! GIY – Grow It Yourself!
All You Need is Fun (Well, almost!) #
In our ULTIMATE GUIDE Veggie Gardening our writer Stephanie Horsman will walk with you step by step through the making of a backyard raised and potted herb and vegetable patch. Each step is documented and is designed in the hope that you will be able to replicate, or improve upon, what we have done. There are successes and failures, surprises and unexpected developments, and also solutions to the hiccups she and her husband encountered.
When they started their project, it was earlier in the year, but it’s not too late to set off now. In this case, however, we recommend not to go for seeds but rather buy what seedlings are in season at your local market or garden centre to get a little headstart...
These are the five steps to your own veggie garden:
Part 1 – Prepping:
Building a raised garden in a sunny corner of your lot – the first step towards a rich veggie harvest.
Part 2 – Planting:
Everything about seedlings and seeds and how to get them in the ground.
Part 3 – Growing:
About six weeks after planting the first of the salads are ready to pick, and fresh herbs by the handfuls
Part 4 – Harvesting:
Depending on when you started your garden, in June and July comes the payoff - in the form of free, healthy, straight from the garden food!
5 – What Worked (and What Didn't):
In September, it's time to look back and learn from both victories and defeats!
And here is our follow-up:
See How My (Winter) Garden Grows:
Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts and More. Winter’s best offerings in your own back yard.
Our ULTIMATE GUIDEs are ongoing projects: It's worth coming back and checking out what's new!
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By Stephanie Horsman
20 May, 2020