GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES, FRUIT AND HERBS
A vegetable garden does not have to be much work. And the advantage is, you can start a vegetable garden almost everywhere. Whether in your garden, on your balcony or on your terrace. Half a square meter is enough to grow your own vegetables and/or fruit or herbs. Moreover, fresh is so much better. Your food contains more vitamins and no additives. After a tasting, you are completely convinced.
Step 1: use quality soil and the right vegetables and fruit
Plants extract part of their food from the soil and the other part from carbon dioxide in the air. With the help of sunlight, this gas is converted into nutrients. It is therefore very important that your vetgetable garden catches a lot of sun. Preferably choose a sunny location with as little wind as possible.
Is this your first vegetable garden? Then start with simple products. Lettuce, strawberries, zucchini, carrot, radish, spinach and chard are ideal to start with. Besides sufficient water, they need little care.
Planting or sowing?
If you want a small vegetable garden, we advise you to buy a few loose (herbal) plants. Because if you use a bag of seeds you get a lot of plants, maybe to many. The great thing about self-seeding is that you know exactly what happens to your plants. You experience the whole process from a small seed in the soil to a fully grown vegetable or fruit.
You can keep the soil of your vegetable garden healthy by crop rotation, the right fertilization and sufficient water.
Step 2: keep your plants healthy
If you want to have a vegetable garden in your garden, first remove old roots by spading the soil well before planting or sowing something new. Otherwise there is a chance that the harvest will fail. Then cover, regardless of the location of your vegetable garden, the soil with organic fertilizer especially for vegetable gardens. The manure makes your plants more resistant to diseases and pests. For an optimal result, feed your plants twice a year, early in the spring and summer.
It is also important that the plants receive sufficient water. In case of drought you could water them, but do not do this too often to prevent lazy plants. Remove weeds regularly, preferably without chemical products. The same goes for the control of insects and snails. To protect your fruit and vegetables from birds, place a net around your crops one week before harvest time.
Step 3: enjoy your harvest
Some plants can be harvested by pulling the whole plant out of the soil, such as onions, beets, turnips and tubers while harvesting other crops by cutting off the crop or cabbage. In the case of herbs and vegetables such as spinach, you only harvest a part of the leaves. The plant simply grows, after which you can harvest again later. Finally, harvest fruits when they are completely ripe. Then they are at their best.
Make a nice dish and do not forget to enjoy your own harvest. We wish you lots of (eating) fun!