Growing your own food sounds idyllic but for a lot of people the practicalities of it seem a little bit daunting. Whether it’s because you don’t have the time or worried you don’t have the skills, there ARE some easy options out there that mean you can have fresh fruit and veg straight from your garden without any fuss AND you can even get the kids involved!
Lettuce and Salad Leaves
Fancy fresh salad from your garden all year round? Salad leaves, such as lettuce, are very easy to grow and maintain. For a year-round harvest, do successive sowings every couple of weeks to space out their growth.
Peas are easy to grow because they’re so hard to get wrong. Simply sow them into the soil late spring time, using some netting or wire to support the peas growth and enjoy fresh picked peas during the summer. The more you pick them, the more they grow, so that’s a good excuse to eat more!
Nothing better than eating strawberries straight off the plant! You can grow them in a pot or hanging basket which looks particularly nice when they start flowering. You will need to cover this delicious fruit with a net to keep birds and other creatures away but other than that, they’re easy to grow.
Can be planted in a pot or directly in the soil but make sure that frost season is over as this can kill young courgette plants in their tracks.
Onions and Garlic
These are very low-maintenance vegetables to grow as once you’ve planted the bulb, you simply need to let them do their thing!
Potatoes are really fun to grow and kids will love getting involved. You can buy potato bags in your local garden centre of home improvement store and use them to plant the potatoes in the spring. Water them well then enjoy your harvest a few months later!
Tomatoes are a great plant to grow for when you want quick results! They’re easy to grow too, especially when you buy a starter plant instead of seeds. Water them carefully and make sure they get plenty of sunshine and you’ll have tomatoes all summer long.
You can sow beetroot seeds straight into the ground or use a pot to grow them in. Dig them up in the Autumn time.
Getting Kids involved
Why not let you children get involved in growing fruit and vegetables in your garden or allotment? They will absolutely love watching their seeds and bulbs turn into delicious fresh fruits and vegetables. Growing food is a skill that will benefit them for the rest of their lives and perhaps it will even inspire them to eat more of the good stuff!
Schools are starting to the see the benefits of teaching children to grow their own food too. Using a local garden or a polytunnel as a “classroom” to learn about plants, food and nature. The benefit of using a polytunnel is that it’s completely adaptable. So even if you don’t have any grass or soil, you can still grow your own food in the perfect environment for growing and protecting your produce.
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