Since the weather has started to recently pick up, I’ve been getting my fingers all green over a little bit of food growing preparation in hope for a good harvest. Last year saw me inundated with more than 40 cabbages (the flies eventually had a feast) and after my 2nd year of giving it a go, I thought I’d share my successes. I’ve found they were so easy, I doing them again this year (and other things) and should be piling up my plate in no time!
- Potatoes. When you grow your own, you will really be able to taste the difference – all down to the starches. You can use your old sprouted Tesco ones with the soil in your back garden if you’re on a tight budget, so what have you got to lose? But if you can, then try and buy seed potatoes from a store as they’re also treated to prevent diseases. You can grown them in a sack or even a large bag for life (which is my method this year) as it’ll be easier to hunt for my crop. It’s also as your first choice in clay soil as it breaks up the ground, boding well for future vegetable plants.
- Cabbages. You really don’t need to use a whole packet of seeds on this one; just sow what you need. I bought my variety from Aldi last year for 39p and was inundated with them (bring it on!). They’re so sturdy like tree trunks but are best in the ground and not a plant pot, otherwise they won’t fully form, but you’ll be cooking stir-frys for weeks! I’ wouldn’t plant them any later than April as you might eventually be competing with white flies and then out comes the pesticide!
- Courgettes. For what supermarkets charge for this little meal bulker, it makes sense to get growing your own! They love sun and need regular watering or they could curl up (but still edible), but that’s about it. I had about 8 plants last year and got a really good harvest and although they don’t taste of much, they really do refine a healthy Mediterranean dish.
- Lettuce and Spinach. I always thought salad looked such had effort but if you want a quick return on your investments, lettuces and spinach can be very encouraging. My only regret last year is that I didn’t eat all my produce and favoured soup making but I plan to change that this year. They’re great for windowsills and even in the garden, but be careful in direct sunlight as they can turn to seed if they’re not watered soon enough.
What are you growing this year and what would you put on the list?
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