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Grow your own veg: a foolproof guide

You’ll be amazed how easy it is to grow your own even if you’re a complete beginner – and your food will taste better (and cost less!) than ever


The easiest way to enjoy vegetables that are chemical-free, inexpensive and as fresh as possible is to grow them yourself. It’s much simpler than you might think and you only need a small patch of earth or a few pots.

Five tips to get you started

  1. Pick a good spot: find a part of your garden where drainage is good. To check this, water the soil and see if it has drained away the next day. If your plot is by a fence, make sure it’s a spot that still gets the sun.
  2. Test the soil: the soil should be just slightly acidic. To check the soil pH balance it’s worth buying a cheap soil test kit (they’re easy to use and the kit will tell you what the results mean). Mix in chalk or limestone from your local garden centre if you need to make the soil less acidic.
  3. Box off your veg patch: use old planks of wood, ideally raised a little higher than the rest of your soil bed.
  4. Prep your soil: dig over the soil to get rid of weeds, and treat the soil to a good fertilizer.
  5. Keep it simple at first: start by planting young plants you can nurture and then a couple of rows of veg from seeds – if you start just with seeds you’ll feel a bit deflated waiting for something to appear!

What to grow

Most vegetables are actually pretty easy to grow, but if you’re a novice you may like to pick the ones that are known to score highly in the effort-to-reward ratio.

Salad leaves are great and will save you a fortune on those bagged supermarket numbers. Beans, potatoes, courgettes and tomatoes are all good choices too.

Get more ideas by reading our article on a healthy veg patch made easy.

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What not to grow

Vegetables in the cabbage family are prone to pests. Pumpkins can take over a small garden and even experienced gardeners find celery a challenge.

If you haven’t got a garden

You can still grow your supper! Check out the all you can eat windowsill.

Recipe inspiration

So the fruits of your labours are paying off and it’s never been so easy to give your family their five a day. Now you need some recipe ideas to use up all that lovely produce. Check out our healthy soup recipes and brilliant salad dressings.

Do you have any tips on growing veg? Let us know in the comments section below.

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I'm told I look well for may age! Mane this is due to looking after my skin and teeth. With health foods and the help of electrice tooth brush.

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Anyone else disgusted and offended by how this site is plastered with ads for incontinence pants these days? Or am I the only one seeing them? You can't even read an article about organic gardening without two different ads for incontinence pants on the page. Really, Supersavvyme, is that what you think of all your loyal members - leaky bladders?

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dahlia

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Snails and slugs are in the garden and every morning I have to check and collect them and throw them away. Some of the plants eaten.

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Kalla, copper coins keep snails & slugs away, I use them round all my pots n have no slugs or snails anywhere near them!x

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MadDeva

MadDeva

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I grow all my potatoes in heavy duty bags. Just throw a few into the bottom and cover with compost as far up the bag as possible and water when needed.

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