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Tips and Hints for Growing Vegetables

Would you like to try growing vegetables but are not too sure where to start? Roisin Markham, experienced gardener and artist, has put together some great tips and hints for growing vegetables:

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#1. Start Small

Start small. Don’t try to grow too much. This helps ensure early success which also helps to maintain optimism & interest!

#2. Dig Over Soil

Make sure to dig over your soil before planting. Pull out weeds and add organic matter.

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#3. Water Regularly

Vegetables need regular water to grow and swell.

#4. Weed

Not a favourite activity but keep the weeds away as they block growth.

#5. Control Pests

Keep bugs, slugs & caterpillars away. Put down slug traps eg beer in a saucer. Keep an eye out for caterpillars and bugs and remove by hand if you see them.

#6. Go for Small Veg

Buy small vegetable plants and seed. That way there is something to look at while seeds grow. Or grow cress indoors and watch. Here’s our Fun Cress project to do with the kids.

Good Vegetables to Start With

  • Window saucer projects: e.g. cress, mustard
  • Jar based sprouts: mung beans (bean sprouts), alfalfa
  • Flower pot based projects: radishes, lettuce
  • Buckets or bins: potatoes, carrots, beetroots
  • Buy a seed packet of a vegetable that you would not normal see in the shops

Some Useful Gardening Websites:

www.kidsgardening.com
www.kidsgrowing.ca
Royal Horticultural Society
BBC Gardening website

I also recommend Square Foot Gardening and accompanying book.

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Over to you now. What tips for growing vegetables do you have? Share them with us in the comments below.

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