Growing Your Own Food

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Growing your own Vegetables and Fruit

It makes frugal sense these days to grow your own food, this is not only a great way to get extra vegetables into your diet but also a fantastic way to reduce your carbon footprint. Not to mention the health benefits from all the outdoor exercise you'll get.

You don't need to have a massive amount of land, you can easily grow you own tomatoes or strawberries on your balcony. You could even grow a mini herb garden indoors on your window sill.

If you have a bit more room you can grow your own food in a mini greenhouse, planter or window box on your balcony or patio. Plus there are a whole bunch of how-to sites and books that will help you.

Trying to be waterwise:

Water is a finite resource and we should all be doing our part in recycling and reusing grey water – where possible. In the garden, most household detergents can't harm plants, so think about using you dish water. Also, it's worth collecting rain water in a water butt.

Always water around the roots and the stem of your plants, either early morning or in the evening, so as to cut down on evaporation.

We have a greenhouse accessories which can help you channel water towards your waterbutt. In this way you can save and make more efficient use of water.

 

Useful additions to your garden:

Composter

Compost bins and composting

There are many benefits for home composting, in addition to using garden waste much of the food waste,and some packaging, that you currently send to landfill is compostable. But it's all going to decompose anyway whether it in a landfill or not? Yes, but in a landfill the waste is buried and has poor air circulation (lack of oxygen) and this causes the production of methane, the worst greenhouse gas. In a compost heap there is plenty of air and so a minimal amount of methane is produced. The equivalent carbon dioxide saving is the same as is produced to run a kettle for a year.

Greenhouses

Greenhouses

A greenhouse is great for controlling a plants environment and is especially useful if your soil is of a poor quality. When trying to grow your own food or herbs, a greenhouse is vital for growing certain vegetables all year round. Ventilation is very important when growing plant in a greenhouse, often opting for an automatic ventilation system is a wise option.

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

These are small low lying boxes with ahinged glass top which are designed as a half-way house between the greenhouse and garden. Cold frames offer protection to seedlings from chilly weather and strong winds. If you're growing your own food, cold frames can be used to grow your crop to maturity before their normal season. This allows you to grow vegetables all year round.

Planters and Raised Beds

Planters / Raised Beds

Both planters and raised beds involve placing soil above the surrounding ground. The advantages of using these are that you can grow plants above poor soil or in planters on your patio or decking. Also, by raising the soil you can also bring your vegetables to waist-height – making it easier for disabled people or those of us who have difficulties bending, to harvest the crop.

Grow Your Own

Gardening Calendar

For your reference we have produced a gardening calendar which will help you to decide what to grow in your garden and when. It also features some great hints & tips on a month-by-month basis. Should you what more helpful tips, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.