I have always had a black thumb when it comes to gardening – ask my indoor plants. So when I received this gorgeous veggie box from my mom 2 years ago. I didn’t really know how to maintain it and well, it died. The box stayed dormant for a long time till I decide to take the plunge and try again. I used to think it was difficult to grow your own food. And that you needed a big garden to make it truly worth it. But this time I have managed to create a very productive box. So today I have some of my quick tips to make growing your own food rewarding…
Get a bag of good potting soil at your nursery – pour this into your container, mix in some horse manure (ratio of roughly 1 unit horse manure to 10 units soil). Make sure to give the soil a good turning over so that the manure and soil are well and truly mixed. If you have existing soil that has been dormant in a container you would like to use mix in at least 50% new potting soil and then add the manure as above.
Tip 3: Plant Seedlings
Pick seedlings over seeds as this means you don’t have to wait a really long time before you can start harvesting. Also pick trays over larger individual plants as they are usually more value for money – 6 plants for the price of one! Plus you will have more to harvest.
Tip 4: Grow Salad
If you have a small box like I do the best route to go with your plant selection is salad ingredients – lettuces, tomatoes, rocket, herbs and chillies. That way you can make a dish rather than have a few random ingredients. Also they tend to grow quicker than other varieties of vegetables. When choosing lettuces pick “loose leaf” versions, like cos, so you can pick a few leaves at a time instead of waiting to harvest a head. I pick roughly 2 leaves off each of my lettuces almost everyday and they are still producing! Remember to allow your lettuces a minimum of 2 weeks after planting before you harvest.
Tip 5: Water Regularly
Water your veggies everyday once in the morning and once in the late afternoon/evening. You don’t need to drown them each time just make sure to water enough so that the soil stays damp.
Bonus Tip: Feed
Once a week I feed my box with a veggie and human friendly fertilizer followed by a deep water to help the fertilizer seep into the soil. I do it on the same day every week so that I don’t over feed the soil and risk burning the roots. This is truly the trick to get your garden booming!
P.S: Post links to your veggie endeavours in the comments below, I would love to see what you have created!