How To Grow Your Own Vegetables

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Learn how to grow your own vegetables and you'll always have the best, most delicious and nourishing food for your family.

Freshly picked homegrown vegetables

Homegrown vegetables are the best. They provide you with delicious, fresh ingredients for whatever you are cooking. There are a few staples that every kitchen needs and they are easy to grow. Let’s look at how to grow your own vegetables.

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If you’re new to gardening, there are a few easy to grow crops you might want to start with. These crops will grow plentiful, and they could give you more than you can use in the growing season.  You  can preserve that harvest for later use, and enjoy fresh, organic veggies throughout the year.

Here is a list of vegetables that are great for most families.

How To Grow Your Own Vegetables

Growing Your Own Onions

Onion Harvest Drying

Onions are probably the kitchen base of most recipes and fortunately they are easy to grow. You can buy onion sets which are small onion bulbs that you simply place root end down, up to their necks in soil.

The soil does not need too much work as onion roots do not go to deep into the ground, just a dressing of well-rotted manure or garden compost, followed by a mulch later in the year, would be perfect.

Onions are easy to store, simply pick when their stems are bending and place on a rack to dry, then they can either be strung or laid on an open shelf in a frost free well ventilated shed.

Although they will not store until your next set are ready the following year, you can also plant over wintering onions that will be picked much earlier.

If you use 3 onions per week, it is suggested that you planted 100 in the spring and another 100 in the Autumn – with losses this should see you through the year. If you are also planting bumper crops to turn into soups and preserves, add another 100 to your spring planting.

Learn more about how to grow onions.

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onions ready to harvest

Growing Your Own Garlic

Garlic Hanging To Dry

Garlic require very similar soil to onions. However they do like their bed to be free draining, so if water is an issue, either use grit under each clove or dig in plenty of organic matter.

Garlic also requires a sunny position so remember this when planting.

The hardneck types are planted in Autumn as they do like to have a few months of cold weather to help bulb growth, and when they are ready they are racked and dried before plaiting and hanging in a cool, dry and frost free shed.

Fifty garlic bulbs should be enough for most kitchens, so as you plant them by cloves, and most bulbs contain 6 or 7 cloves, you’ll need to buy 7 or 8 bulbs to plant.

Here’s how to grow garlic.

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Growing Your Own Potatoes

Potato harvest in a wheelbarrow

What kitchen can go without potato? Buy seed potatoes in January and start them chitting towards the end of the month. Chitting is another name for sprouting.

There are three types of potato, first early, second early and main crop, but this is not complicated as it only refers to the length of time they are in the ground.

First earlies will be ready first and tend to be smaller, main crop are last and largest. We choose first earlies for summer salad potatoes and main crop large storage potatoes.

The only thing you’ll need to remember about potatoes is tom give them plenty of manure or compost. Line the potato trenches with seaweed: it’s a great fertilizer and has the added benefit of keeping slugs away.

Dig up potatoes on a warm and sunny day and allow them to dry before storing in paper sacks.

Here’s How to grow potatoes.

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Growing Your Own Herbs

Basil growing in the garden
Many herbs are a permanent crop that need a sunny location, preferably near the kitchen for convenience. They tend to be used year round and are, other than soft leaf herbs, usually always available.

Herbs produce a lot in the summer months, and it’s a good idea to save some for winter.  A great way to store herbs would be to chop them into ice cube trays, top with water and freeze, then simply drop an ice cube with your chosen herb into whatever you are making. They can also be dried, and soft leaf herbs such as basil and coriander can be made into a pesto. Here’s how to plant an herb garden

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Guides to growing your own organic vegetables

While onions, garlic,potatoes and herbs are the easiest to grow, there are many other vegetables you could grow in your garden. Here are just a few of them:

How to grow carrots from seed

Grow luffa gourds

How to grow lettuce

Grow delicious tomatoes

I hope you’ve learned a bit about how to grow your own vegetables, and are inspired to get started. You’ll have a blast (and some delicious veggies 😉

How to grow your own vegetables

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