Creating a vegetable garden and growing edibles outside and inside your home is a great activity for many different reasons.
It saves you money, first and foremost, and it’s a much healthier way of eating vegetables because you will be avoiding the chemicals and fertilizers that are present in store-bought goods.
Plus, it’s a fantastic activity to enjoy with the kids, who will marvel as they watch their veggies turn from seeds into edible treats. And for any mom who worries about their children being fussy eaters, growing vegetables can help with that, too.
The big question is, what’s the best way to get started? And how can busy moms with little time for anything manage to grow vegetables successfully? Read on to find out more as I reveal everything you need to know about growing veggies.
First of all, anyone can start growing veggies, and you don’t need to have a big garden to create a patch. In fact, you can even grow vegetables indoors, and things like tomatoes and herbs can thrive in the warmth of the home. And you’ll also give young seedlings a better chance of survival if you start their lives in a greenhouse or on a windowsill. Just remember one thing if you do plan on growing veggies indoors, it's the overall quality of the grow lights you use that can often make the difference if you don’t live in a warm climate. The idea is to reproduce the balance of the natural solar spectrum; tricking the veggies into thinking they are outside.
What to grow
Some vegetables are much easier to grow than others, so when you are just starting out, it’s probably best to stick with the basics. Carrots, beets, onions and garlic are all relatively straightforward - and grow quickly indoors and out. Tomatoes are another great example, and when you are feeling a little more confident, you can move onto lettuces and spinach.
How much work is involved?
While you can grow many of the basics pretty much anywhere, there might be a little prep work involved before you get started. For example, if you have thin soil - less than a spade’s blade deep - it’s likely you will need to consider creating a raised bed just so your veggies can grow deep enough into the ground. Weeding is another big task, but again, it’s all about the prep. Pull out the weeds, and dig up their roots, and ensure a clean plot and clear garden before planting your veg. Finally, there will be some work protecting your plants from slugs and snails - the perennial enemy of many a gardener. Keep your ploy clean and tidy, and ensure you veggies are well away from long grasses or tall, dense plants that are likely to harbor mollusks. Finally, use slug pellets - most mollusks will avoid these like the plague, and it will stop them entering the vegetable patch.
So there you have it - an easy way to get started with growing veggies indoors and out. As with everything in life, it’s all about the preparation - get that right, and the growing part will be simple. Good luck with the veggies!