Vegetable garden

Have you always dreamed of having your own vegetable garden? Learn to sow and harvest vegetables from your own vegetable garden in a few simple steps.

Start inside

You can sow lots of vegetables both indoors and outdoors. If you do it indoors, you can often already start in March, while you often have to wait a month longer outside. As a result, you can harvest earlier and in some cases you can grow something else on the same piece of land again in the same year. This way you spread the harvest better and you have more yield from your garden. You can work best with peat pots. You can dig them into the garden with pot and all, because the roots of your plant will just grow through if they are strong enough. Scoop the pots full of soil to the brim, so that you can dig them all the way into the garden later on. Otherwise you keep seeing those edges around your plants. Place the peat pots in a grow box (a small greenhouse for in the windowsill), so that they become a little warmer and better protected. The trick is then to time well when your plants are ready to go outside. If you are too early, they will get cold outside for a few weeks, if you are too late, they may have been hungry inside. The best moment seems to be when the first carrots come through the peat pots.

Herbs in pots

Buy a handful of earthenware flower pots at the garden center. You must have pots with a hole at the bottom, otherwise they will fill up when it rains a lot. They are perfect for growing herbs yourself. It helps to buy some different sizes because some herbs grow a lot faster than others. The oregano, thyme and mint go into small pots, chives and curly parsley already need more space and the dill has the largest flower pot. Because the herbs are in pots you can easily move them. When it gets very hot in the summer you have to put herbs such as mint and parsley in the shade. In addition, the pot gives you hardly any weeds among the herbs, which is great when you cut the leaves in your food. Earthenware pots heat up in the sun, so that the plants get warmer and grow faster. A disadvantage of pots is that you have to water more often. If you go on holiday for a few weeks in a warm period, then you really have to put them in the shade or provide plant sitters. Many people also grow basil or leaf parsley outside in pots.

Use the height

You have little space in a small garden. It is smart to see what you can do in height. Fences, pergolas, trellis and flower boxes are your best friends. A trellis (climbing frame) can easily be attached to your fence and ensures that climbing plants have more hold when they climb against the fence. And a pergola in the middle of your garden gives climbing plants even more options and, oddly enough, gives the feeling that your garden is larger. Smaller herbs such as parsley, thyme and oregano, in particular, do well in flower boxes. The thyme and oregano also bloom beautifully!

Organic vegetables are tastier

It is an open door. When you put your teeth into a self-cultivated piece of vegetables, it will taste better if it is organic. You know for sure that there are no pesticides or other junk in it and your harvest is pure. Therefore, only buy organic seeds, plants and soil for your garden.

Would you also like to grow your vegetables now? Below you can read 7 easy to grow species.

Green beans

Take a bowl of 40 by 40cm or larger and place sticks from a rack in it, so that the beans can grow along this. Mix vegetable grounds with compost and fill the container with this. Put ten seeds in the ground with about 10 cm between each seed. Then give sufficient water daily. Can’t go wrong!

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are not too difficult to grow. You can grow them well in pots, tubs, in the open ground and in bags. The last option is recommended  in particular, because tomatoes are very sensitive to fungal diseases and vermin. Choose a sunny spot for the plant and your tomatoes will grow within a month or two or three. Click here, for a short timelapse video.

Snap beans

Snap beans are easy to grow vegetables, but unfortunately very sensitive to snails, especially in the first phase. If you do not pay attention for a moment, all your plants can be eaten in one day. To keep snails as much as possible, you can stick copper tape around the pot. A pricey joke, but definitely worth it!

You plan and maintain the snap beans in the same way as the green beans.

Zucchini

The zucchini is one of our favorites, not only because it is very tasty, but also because they are so easy to grow. But this plant is only suitable if you have enough space, because it needs a square meter per plant. Do you have no place in your regular vegetable garden? Then you can always plant it in a large flower pot next to your vegetable garden! If you find seeds from a climbing zucchini plant, then that is absolutely beautiful, because this plant can – as you might expect – grow up along a rack, so that you need less space.

The plant is only sensitive to snails in the early stages. Then it’s easy peasy! And do not throw away the flowers, because you can also prepare the tastiest dishes with them.

Carrots

The easy part to grow carrots is the fact that you can sow them directly in the ground and do not have to pre-sow them. This is because they cannot sow. It is extra important to sow them in the right place immediately, and to give them enough space to grow.

You can sow roots from mid-March. How? By making holes in the ground with a distance of 3 cm between each hole. Put two or three seeds in each hole, so that one always comes up. Are more plants growing per hole? Then leave only the most beautiful and you cut away the rest. No matter how tempting it is to transplant them, it’s best not to do this.

You have to be patient, especially in the beginning, because carrots sprout very slowly. It can take three or four weeks before you finally see something green pop up above the ground.

Radish

Radishes cannot stand sowing either, so they can be sown directly in the ground. Nice and easy!

You can sow radishes from 1 March. Do this in the same way as with the roots: put two or three seeds in each hole, so that one always comes up. If there are more seedlings per hole, then you should only leave the most beautiful ones here and cut the rest away.

Beetroot

Just like carrots, beetroot can also go straight into the ground, again because they cannot sow. It is best to sow beetroot in mid-April. Here you only have to do 1 seed per hole because they are actually nuggets with several seeds. 2 or more plants often grow from one such clog. You can also choose to buy a beetroot plant in pressed soil at the garden center. This also works well, as long as you plant the plant with soil and all in the ground, you will not damage the roots. But here too the rule applies: leave the largest ones and cut the others away.

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