With spring around the corner, now is a great time to be planning your vegetable garden. Whether you have a large garden or a courtyard, growing your own veges can be a great way to help the environment and save you some cash. Here’s just some ideas.
Arguably one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Begin by sowing these indoors in April to May. Sow one seed in a pot container multi-purpose compost at around 2 inches deep. Keep in a sunny spot – the windowsill is perfect!
In late May, early June, plant the potted beans outside. Use bamboo canes to create a structure which the beans can grow up.
Be mindful that runner beans need plenty of water. In the dryer months, you may consider creating a watering system.
Expert tip: Create a bean trench: Runner beans thrive in a rich deep, fertile soil in full sun. A bean trench is a traditional way of preparing the soil, especially if your soil is poor.
Potatoes are grown from special ‘seed’ potatoes called tubers. Start by allowing them to ‘chit’ (allowing them to sprout shoots) indoors before planting. Once the shoots get to around 1 inch, the potatoes are ready for planting. You can begin to plant outside in March.
Usually potatoes are planted in trenches with tubers being planted between 12 and 15 inches apart. If planted in March, the first batch of potatoes should be ready to harvest in June.
Tomatoes don’t need as much room as other vegetables to grow, which is why they are perfect for smaller gardens or even balconies.
They can be grown outdoors from seed as early as March and take only 12 weeks before they’re ready for harvest. Grow in pots or buy as young plants from the garden centre.
Although you can grow onion from seed, ‘sets’ (baby onions) are the easiest and quickest method to grow onions.
They need a sunny but sheltered spot and will need watering in dry weather until mid-summer when they should have swollen.
Carrots require an open, sunny site, but can be grown in containers if you are short on space. You can begin to sow outside from April. Unlike many plants and vegetables, carrots can actually survive droughts so will only require a little watering in dryer weather. They’ll be ready for picking 12-16 weeks after you’ve sown them.