How to Grow Your Own Veggie Garden in England

There are few vegetables that are tastier than your own home-grown vegetables, especially compared to those that you buy at the shop. You can also make sure that they are organic by not using pesticides and insecticides while you are growing them. In addition, it will probably save you quite a bit of money to grow your own vegetables rather than to buy them at some shop. There are some of the steps you can take to increase your chances of being successful when growing vegetables.

How Much Sun is Needed

You need to know what the particular vegetable you plan on growing requires in terms of how much sunshine is needed. Vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes, peas, peppers, beans, squash and corn all grow well when planted in areas of the garden that receive full sunlight. If you want to grow radishes, beets or carrots, then you need to find a place that receives half sun. Vegetables that will tolerate some shade include spinach, kale, chard and lettuce, and strawberries. You can also use some netting to create a shaded area in the garden if you need to.

Soil Type

The type of soil you have is important. If you have very thin soil or soil that is very rocky then you may be better off rather making a raised bed. The other option is to plant vegetables in large containers (pots). Soil that has a lot of clay will have a lot of nutrients as well, but do remember that this soil will not be good in winter since it will become waterlogged. This means that you would be limited to only growing in the summer if you have soil that can easily become waterlogged. Raised beds can be simply made using planks of wood. You simply need to make a square frame. Join the edges of four planks together at the corners. You then simply place potting soil into the new raised bed that you have created.

Weed the Area

When you start to setup the area for growing you must ensure you remove any weeds. The weeds may outcompete your vegetables for nutrients and could simply overgrow your vegetables if you leave them. Pull the weeds out at the roots to be sure they do not simply grow back. This will hopefully help prevent pests such as slugs and snails from becoming established in your vegetable garden. One way to prevent weeds growing back is to place pieces of newspaper on top of the soil then cover with about 5cm of compost or mulch. You can use a trowel to make holes through the newspaper to plant pot grown vegetables. This won’t work well if you are trying to grow vegetables from seeds. If you are using seeds, then you must follow the advice on how to plant them as given on the packet. It is easy enough to actually make your own compost. You can use leftover vegetables, leaf clippings, some soil and even old newspapers.