Want to grow your own veggies? It’s better to plant them straight into the soil in your garden but if the ground is no good for growing then you may have to plant your own garden beds.
The women from Get Growing have these tips for getting it right.
- Beds need to be practical and functional
- Don’t make them too wide, you want to reach comfortably into the middle to grab your veggies. Use the length of your arm as a guide.
- Plant garden beds in summer so the soil stays warmer longer.
- Raised beds dry out easily in summer so you have to water them often.
- Add organic matter every year
- Add compost to your soil, it increases ability for worms to come to the garden and helps soil particles to hold together better.
- Line your beds with polythene so they last longer and stop timber preservatives from leaching into the soil.
What soil should you use?
Seed Raising Mix is your best best. Why? It’s sterile and has no weeds because it has been heat treated. Most good Seed Raising Soils should also contain fertiliser and fungacide. Some tips for planting your own seeds:
- Don’t let seeds dry out before germinated
- Space them five centimetre apart
- Label the seeds
- Cover with light layer of soil
- Water often
- Store them in cool, dry place
Companion plants are plants which grow better when planted close together. Tomato and basil make good friends in the garden while corn benefits from the nitrogen added to the soil by beans.
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