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Growing a vegetable garden at home

Growing a vegetable garden at home

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Creating your own veggie garden is easier than you think. Here's all you need to know...

There is something incredibly satisfying about eating veggies that you've grown in your own garden. Going through the process of making a veggie garden may seem like a lot of hard work but once you know your way around the garden it isn't that difficult. With a couple of hours work - which is meditative in itself - you'll be surprised at how easy cultivating your own edible veggie patch can be.

Caro Sabbagha from Room-To-Grow helped aspiring gardener Marcel set up a delicious vegetable garden. Here's how to get started:

The soil:
You want the soil in your veggie garden to be packed with nutrients before you start planting. Make sure it is by following these steps:

  • Mark out the area where you want the beds to be
  • Dig out the top 20-30cm of soil and keep aside
  • Then dig out a further 20-30 cm of the subsoil and keep separate from the topsoil
  • Now fill the dug-out areas with organic matter such as dry leaves, manure or grass clippings
  • Water the organic matter
  • Replace subsoil
  •  Then replace the topsoil
  • Now add a thick layer of compost
  • Rake neatly into the shape of the bed


Planting:
The question of ‘how deep' always comes up and the rule of thumb is that you should plant each seed as deep as three times its width.
If you are planting something which has already germinated or has been established in a pot, then bear in mind that roots don't like being exposed to air, so unless the plant was root-bound (in which case you will need to loosen the roots a little), make sure you don't disturb the roots too much.

Watering:
Watering your veggies is very important and should be done at least 3 times a week for about 25 minutes, if there has been no rain.  If your plants wilt quickly then you will need to water more often, the same goes for very sandy soil or soil which doesn't retain water.  Your soil should always be damp to the touch - mulch helps to keep the moisture from evaporating, so it is a good idea to spread some around your plants.

Fertilizers:
When it comes to fertilizers, organic is the way forward!  There are a few different ways to make your own organic fertilizer. Caro suggests the following:

  • Take an old orange pocket bag or a plastic bag with holes poked into the bottom, and fill it with manure
  • Fill a drum or old dustbin with water and hang the bag in the water for 1 - 2 weeks
  • Remove the bag and bottle the liquid which remains.  This liquid fertilizer needs to be diluted when you use it.  Worm tea can also be used.


Enjoying the ‘fruits of your labour' will take on a whole new meaning when you start harvesting your own veggies! Why not give it a try?

Find out more about Room-to-Grow by visiting www.room-to-grow.co.za


Images courtesy of Fresh Living magazine

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