It’s National Allotment week and what better time to get cracking on your very own veg patch! Nothing beats the feeling of eating your own home-grown tomatoes!
Here are our top tips for making a start on a veg plot of your own just like our own Annabel has! See how she’s getting on below…
1. Choose your spot. Make the most of even a tiny patch in your garden and you’ll be surprised at the amount of vegetables you can grow. Plant pots or planters can add some much-needed greenery, even if you live in a flat without a garden!
2. It’s important to choose your ground wisely. Vegetables don’t like shade, so the sunnier the patch the better! Aim for a patch which gets around five hours of sun a day for the best results.
2. Watch out for slugs and snails – they love veg! De-weeding every week will ensure that creatures have no places to hide, and placing your patch away from other plants will deter slugs and snails from munching onto your growing plants.
3. Ensure your soil is super. Soil is essential in providing your veg with the correct nutrients to help them grow, you can even make your own! Lawn clippings, green prunings and kitchen peelings can be broken down to create compost, which will help your veg grow.
4. If you fancy an allotment over a patch in your garden, there are a few things to consider. Make sure it’s close to your home, as the further away it is, the more likely you’ll find an excuse not to go regularly (which you’ll need to do, to keep your plants happy)!
5. When sewing your seeds, sow them 2-3 weeks after the recommended sowing time. This is because the brighter the nights, the faster they’ll grow. If you sow too early, your plants will struggle with the shorter sunlight hours.
6. It is important to only grow foods you’ll actually eat and enjoy – we don’t want to generate and contribute to more food waste!
7. Keep watering! It might be tempting to rely on the rain, but it’s often not enough moisture for your plants.
8. When growing your own veg for the first time consider growing low maintenance veg first such as: courgettes, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. These will require less looking after and will introduce you easily into how to grow your own veg.
We hope these top tips will help you to grow your own veg – we’d love you to share with us your photos of any veg or fruit you’ve grown on Facebook or Instagram – there’s a prize for the best one too! We’ll also be sharing how Annabel’s getting on with her veg patch with the hashtag #AllotmentWatch!