Growing your Own Vegetables at Home: A Beginners Guide
With the sun finally showing its face, I thought I’d write up a little post about growing your own veg! I started doing this last year, and I absolutely love the process. I think it’s super fulfilling to grow your own vegetables, and knowing what you’re putting into your diet can feel really wholesome in my opinion – also you feel like you’ve actually accomplished something other than building a mansion in the Sims 4…
How to Grow Your Own Vegetables
What you want to grow will dictate the spot you cultivate your seeds in, the amount of light they need, and how much water they will need during their growth. As I’m still very much a beginner, I’ll talk about growing some starter veg: lettuce, tomatoes and courgettes. Ideally, for these vegetables, you will need a space that allows for 15cm of soil underneath – so whether you’re growing in the garden or on your windowsill, accommodate for some depth in the soil. The soil you choose should ideally be compost, which can be pre-made or one that you make yourself. Depending on your level of skill, you may also want to buy some equipment. Grow Genius Grow Tents are usually bought by specialist growers for herbs (more specifically the devil’s lettuce) but if you want to grow your vegetables indoors, or if you live in a flat with little light source, this could be a great option for you.
Water & Prune Regularly
Watering and pruning can be the fine line between the life and death of your vegetables, especially if you’re growing them in a greenhouse. Make sure that soil is always slightly damp, and be careful not to overwater. You may find that with leafy vegetables, such as lettuce and courgettes, you will have to water little and often. If you’re growing your seedlings indoors before transferring them outside, lettuce leaves can usually be transferred when they have around 4 or 5 leaves starting to sprout. With Tomato plants, you will need to ensure that smaller leaves and shoots are pruned once you have one or two branches that are beginning to sprout fruit.
Once your vegetables are ripe, you can start to harvest! Tomatoes are ready to pick when they are round and red. Lettuces are usually ready to harvest when the leaves reach 4 inches long. If you cut the leaves, your lettuce will continue to grow leaves – however, if you cut into the crown, your lettuce will more than likely die. Courgettes can be picked with they are around 10cm long.