Starting Your First Veggie Garden
04 Sep, 2023
Growing From Seed
Growing from seed is the most cost-effective way of growing your own, although it does require a little more patience than starting with seedlings. Seeds can be sown directly into the ground, or started off in seed trays - but don’t forget to follow the specific planting instructions on the packet.
When sowing into seed trays, fill with seed-raising mix, plant seeds, and gently cover with soil, pressing down gently. Select a warm, well-lit indoor spot or a sheltered, sunny outdoor area to help your seeds grow well.
If you’re sowing your seeds directly into the ground, prepare your garden beds by mixing in Kings Garden Mix, and then raking to form a fine seedbed. Plant the seeds and then rake over them gently with the remaining soil, watering in lightly once planted.
Planet-Friendly and Budget-Friendly
Growing your own veggies is not only good for the planet, but it’s also good for your wallet! Your garden becomes a perpetual growing machine, providing an endless supply of fresh goodies right at your doorstep. The ease of harvesting veggies straight from your garden is unmatched, and will save you a supermarket trip (or two)! Plus, you'll reduce your carbon footprint by minimising packaging waste associated with store-bought produce.
When you have your own veggie garden, you choose exactly what goes on and into your plant - so you can say goodbye to those harmful chemical sprays! Plant and harvest what you want, when you want. You can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from eating produce that's truly organic and free from chemicals, which benefits your well-being and the environment.
Even if you've never grown veggies before, there’s no need to worry! With a little care and curiosity, it’s really easy to get started. Growing your own veggies not only lets you reconnect with nature but also keeps you active. Spending time in the garden under the sun provides you with some much-needed Vitamin D, which can significantly improve your mental health - just remember to apply sunscreen. Whether you're teaching kids about nature, seeking fresher produce, or enjoying the therapeutic aspect of gardening, you'll be sure to find growing your own produce a rewarding experience.
Plant with the Seasons
As the days grow warmer, it's time to plan your veggie garden for the upcoming season, before you get planting. Some crops grow well outdoors from spring to autumn, like tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums, and more. On the other hand, cooler weather is ideal for members of the brassica family, such as cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. When it comes to figuring out what to plant, seed packets have handy regional guides, which tell you what to grow, and when. And of course, the veggie seedlings available in our stores are always aligned with what will grow in the coming season.
Sun and Soil
Most vegetables need full sun to grow well. If they are grown in the shade, they may become spindly from reaching for the sun, and they may fail to find the energy required to grow large enough to be edible. Ensure there is ample room for the roots to spread and flourish, whether you have a designated veggie patch or are using pots, containers, or raised beds.
Soil is so important for ensuring your veggies grow well. Be sure to get rid of any weeds first, then build on your existing soil with a good blend of Living Earth Organic Veggie Mix and some Kings Compost. Mix in sheep pellets or Kings Organic Vegetable Fertiliser for an additional organic boost.
If you're planting in a bigger pot or container, starting off with a bag of Living Earth Organic Veggie Mix will give your veggies the best start. This mix contains all the beneficial nutrients and fertiliser your veggies need to grow well.
For crops that tend to grow top-heavy, like tomatoes, or climbing plants like beans, put in some stakes or supports at planting time. This helps avoid any potential root damage before the plants get established.
Regular watering and choosing the right fertiliser are essential for healthy plant growth. In the mornings, water deeply and at the base of the plants to avoid soggy leaves and potential diseases. Liquid fertiliser is absorbed more quickly by plants, though it does require more work to disperse than slow-release food. Each crop has its own fertilising needs, so make sure to research and cater to their nutritional preferences and you'll be rewarded with a bountiful harvest!
Learn from Nature
With failure comes experience, and although it may be disheartening when your plants don’t grow as they should, gardening is a continuous journey and you will make mistakes along the way. Learning from these setbacks, is where the true growth happens. Your local Kings team are always on hand for any advice and guidance you may need, so bring some pictures of your issues instore, or email our Plant Doctor at email@example.com