Grow your own garden
By John Brennan, 27/09/2021
Nowadays, there’s a greater emphasis and growing consciousness about where the food we eat comes from. We want to know the provenance of what we’re eating, how sustainable it is, how it was grown and how it came to land on our plates. Growing your own food in your garden is a great way to negate these questions, to cut out the middleman and eat straight from source.
Nothihg beats the taste of fresh vegetables, or the satisfaction in knowing you’ve taken a plant from seed to harvest. By starting to grow now you will ensure you’re ready for when spring arrives, and it will also teach you about the seasonality of food and how to eat more sustainably. Over time you’ll be less reliant on long-distance transportation, plastic packaging and the cost of your shopping will be drastically reduced.
Here are some handy tips we’ve put together on how to get started this autumn:
Start with your soil
The quality of your soil will ultimately determine the quality of what you grow. Vegetable plants need nutrients to grow. So while commercial farms may use fertiliser to kickstart this process, we’d advise opting for a more organic and cheaper approach. A compost bin is the most effective solution, as you can use anything from vegetable peelings to teabags to boost the nutrients in your soil. Rotted manure and mulch can also be used to give your soil more depth and the nutrients your plants need to thrive.
Do more with less
An allotment may seem tempting but with wait times on average exceeding 18 months, you’re better off using your garden. If you’re worried about limited space, there are plenty of things you can do to combat this. For gardens that are too small or patioed over, you can grow all sorts of vegetables in containers. Shallow-rooted plants like winter lettuce and garlic do extremely well and can be managed easily. If you do have some space, plants such as peas can be planted and grown vertically using A-frames or a fence-mounted modular planter. However, it’s vital to plant these early in autumn so they establish themselves and provide some sort of protection for them so they are not lost before spring.
Knowing what to plant and when it will likely harvest is essential to making the most out of your garden as a growing space. September is harvest time, but it’s also time to plan ahead and start planting the vegetables that will provide valuable winter harvests and earlier spring spoils. Leafy vegetables such as cabbages and spinach can be planted now and will be ready to pick in early spring, but remember to cover these with a fleece before the frost and colder weather arrives. If you want to plant vegetables that have a quick turnaround, radishes and turnips take a matter of weeks to mature and will be ready to harvest before you know it.
For more advice on how you can kick start growing your garden this autumn, reach out to a member of our team. You can call us at 0113 262 1214 or you can fill out an enquiry form on the contact page and someone will be in touch shortly.