Creating a DIY veggie garden
A veggie garden is something just about anyone can do – plant, water, wait, pick, eat. Whether you’re a health nut wanting to make sure your vegetables really are organic and pesticide free, or you want to save a little on groceries, or you’re looking for an interactive way to get your kids eating healthier; a veggie garden is a great idea. Here are a few ways, places, and ideas for your garden.
If you live in an apartment, or your garden just isn’t suited to growing anything, you can grow veggies right in the kitchen. Lettuce is by far the easiest, simply place it in a dish of water, change the water every day or two, and watch it grow.
Window boxes are great for herbs and smaller vegetables. You can put them on the windowsill inside or outside – some can be made to hook over a frame if you don’t have an actual sill. They’re visible so you remember to water and harvest them and are easily accessible when you need to pluck some parsley for dinner.
This one’s obvious, and allows for a lot of variety. You can section off a square for a veggie patch, or a strip along the wall or fence so that the kids or dogs still have space to run around.
The downside of having veggies in the yard is that bugs, birds, moles etc. may eat them before you get a chance. If you have dogs, it may also be troublesome stopping them digging up or, well, fertilizing your garden.
Most garden vegetables don’t need a lot of root space so can be grown in pots or containers. You can rearrange according to the sun, rain or stick your plants in the garage if you have a few days of frost that might ruin your spinach.
Using the otherwise unused space between your house and the road or sidewalk, or between the sidewalk and the road can be the perfect garden space. It’s far more productive than a strip of grass and who knows, maybe you’ll start a trend and the rest of the neighborhood will join in.
Greenhouses or conservatories make for great year-round vegetable gardens. Your plants still get the sun they need, their water is regulated and they’re protected from snow and frost. A lot of plants won’t do much growing through winter, but at least you won’t have to start over come spring.
Look at conservatory costs and decide if you want to put in a permanent conservatory – either as an addition to your house or a separate structure. If you’re not sure you’ll maintain your healthy gardening habits, you could start off with a basic home-made plastic greenhouse, or go for the conservatory anyway – you can always convert it to a sun lounge.
Eating vegetable that you planted, nurtured and harvested is incredibly rewarding. You’ll find yourself eating healthier and actually enjoying your vegetables. There’s also that wonderful feeling of your dinner guests exclaiming over your dish, to which you can proudly say, I grew all the vegetables myself.