Navigating the Cost of Eating

19 Jul, 2023

As the cost of living continues to rise, we’re all looking to ease the strain on our pockets. Growing your own is an easy and cost-effective way to save. Did you know that from just one punnet of spinach, you could harvest a couple of kilos per season? Starting a veggie garden is easier than you might think, and we have everything you need to get started, regardless of your garden size. Here are some tips to help you get started:

Pick Your Times

Stagger your planting to spread out your harvest. We would recommend having a two-week gap between plantings to ensure you have a constant supply of fresh veggies throughout the season.

Find The Right Spot

Your veggie garden will need at least six hours of sunlight everyday, so pick a spot that gets plenty of sun. Ensure that your bed has good drainage, so avoid places where water might pool on your property.

Choose Your Veggies

Brassicas are perfect for growing in winter as they thrive in cooler temperatures with less pests. Try growing cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts from seedling form.

Prepare The Soil

Make sure your soil is rich in nutrients by adding plenty of organic matter, such as compost and sheep pellets. Lightly fork in some Kings Blood and Bone to provide your soil with an extra boost.

Stay Mindful Of Watering

While plants may require less water during winter, dry winter air can cause the soil to dry out faster than you might expect. Aim for deep watering sessions less often rather than overly-frequent shallow ones.

Veggie Care

Check your veggies often to make sure your plants get enough water and are free from pests and diseases. Regular weeding will also help your veggies thrive.

Start Seeds Indoors

Get a head start on the growing season by starting your seeds indoors. Invest in some seed trays, potting soil, and space on a sunny windowsill - use artificial grow lights if natural light is limited.

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