Growing vegetables doesn’t have to be difficult and it can save you a lot of money in the long run! A small vegetable garden can offer you the opportunity to reduce the amount of pesticides used in your food and can be an excuse to get the children outside. This article is aimed at beginners who want to start a vegetable garden but have no idea where to begin! We’re rooting for you! View our large selection of seeds here.

Don’t pick a sorry site!

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Realistically, the more sunlight the plants receive, the better! Plants need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day, so make sure you choose a spot which won’t be shaded over due to trees, walls or buildings. It’s also good to keep your site away from large trees because they can compete eachother for water and nutrients. If you’re very new to gardening, why not start off in a pot and move that around until you feel comfortable choosing a patch in the soil.

Lay it all out!

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The most common way to grow a vegetable garden is using a raised rectangular wooden frame. The raised beds help the soil warm quicker in the sun which lengthens the growing season! Plants that are started in cold soils may grow slowly and develop poorly. Remember to make sure that your raised bed isn’t too big though, as you still need to water the center of it! Design your vegetable garden in a way that makes plants get progressively taller from the south edge to the north. You can also see what vegetables are good to grow together, the list is endless but we recommend growing spinach, garlic chives and sweet basil together and tomatoes, oregano and bell peppers together.

Not mushroom for every vegetable?

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Start small! We recommend that you start your vegetable garden with this staple selection.

Bell peppers: Green peppers will eventually turn red, orange and yellow the longer they spend on the vine! They also resist the most garden pests, meaning that you’ll get a large variety just from one vegetable. We suggest putting two or three matchsticks in every hole that you plant the seeds in too with a teaspoon of fertiliser to give them a bit of sulphur which they love.

Cucumbers: Make sure that you have fertile soil which is warm and moist and not soggy! Fortunately, cucumbers grow fast and don’t demand a lot of care, just make sure that you keep their soil consistently moist!

Green beans: There are two types of green beans to plant – bush beans and pole beans. Bush beans spread out horizontally while pole beans climb vertically. Plant each seed around 2 – 5cm deep and about 2 to 4 inches apart. A standard wood much also works great with green beans as it can prevent the soil from getting too cool or warm whilst retaining enough moisture.

Watermelon: To get a jumpstart with watermelons, cover the planting area with black plastic and start growing the seeds indoors for 2-3 weeks before moving them into the garden. However, watermelons can take up a lot of space! If you are starting with a small vegetable garden and want to grow various vegetbles, then perhaps leave watermelons until you’re more experienced!

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