Everybody, everywhere, eats vegetables, and if you don’t, you should. If brussel sprouts and green beans don’t haunt you from your childhood then there is something wrong. Back then, the only thing that got you through the many mouthfuls of greens was the promise of pudding afterwards.
However, as the time passes and the years increase, we eventually reach an age where we enjoy the taste of a sweet tomato or crisp broccoli stem, or at least stomach them because we know the long list of health benefits attached to eating our greens. And that is the exact reason we should all be growing our own vegetables.
Where to start when growing your own vegetables
Although you have nothing to lose, it can sometimes be a bit daunting if you have no clue where to start. To help, here are 3 simple, easy steps to getting great results.
Firstly, you need to decide where you are going to grow your vegetables. There are a number of different designs you can chose from, including pots, raised beds, or simply digging up a plot of land in your garden. Whichever you pick, there must be drainage to get rid of excess water, the soil must be aerated to promote root growth and any clumps need to be broken up. You’re basically trying to create the best possible environment in which a seed can germinate.
Secondly, choose the right time of year to sow those seeds. Most vegetable seeds can be planted from around April time as the soil is warming up and the frost has gone. I say this loosely as we do live in England.
Finally, pick an assortment of different vegetables that you and your family enjoy eating. Some are easier to grow than others, but there’s no point growing a load of produce that you don’t even like just because it’s guaranteed to grow. So, choose a mixture of herbs, salad leaves and root veg and get them sewn. Potatoes, onions, green beans and mint are just a few examples of easy growers.
Health Benefits of growing your own vegetables
The list is practically endless as to why home grown vegetables are better for you. They contain far more nutrients than shop bought, simply because they haven’t travelled thousands of miles before they reach your plate. You decide what pesticides go onto your veg, if any, enabling you to know exactly what you are putting into your body. Not only are you increasing your life span, you are also giving back to the environment in several great ways, for example, using your peels and waste and turning them into compost.
Whether you class it as a hobby or not, by getting your kids or other family members involved you can create great memories and learn to appreciate the food you eat that little bit more. You’ll gain a real sense of achievement the day you pick that first spud, or prepare your first home grown roast dinner. And why make it an activity for only the sunny days? With our luxury Thermos Flasks the whole family can keep warm whilst out collecting veg on chilly days too.