Growing vegetables is not always easy, especially when you’re starting out. Garden expert Helen Young has picked five beginner-friendly vegetables to build up your home harvest skills and, as a bonus, they’re some of the most productive in small gardens.
Vegetable Patch Tips
- Soil quality is important. Check for good drainage, add some compost and manure, and make sure the soil is free of any rocks and lumps.
- Don’t skimp on potting mix. Many vegetables grow just as well in large pots, troughs, or even polystyrene boxes. Choose a high-quality potting mix, because cheap mixes won’t grow anything. In this case, you really do get what you pay for.
- Don’t let veggies dry out. In warm weather, they’ll need watering every day or two. Mulch with sugarcane, pea straw, or lucerne. Every two weeks, apply soluble fertilizer with some added seaweed solution to push growth along.
- Watch for signs of pests and disease and spray with approved pesticides if needed.
If you're a more advanced gardener who's ready to move on from these easy-peasy veggies, other varieties that aren’t too tricky and don’t take up much space include radishes, carrots, leeks, English spinach, baby beets, broccoli, and kale.
This post was written by Helen Young. For more, check out our sister site Homes to Love.
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