25 January 2009

Tip of the Day January 25, 2009

Grow Your Own Greens

When I was growing up my mother had a huge vegetable garden, it took up more than half the back yard so it seemed normal to me to have a veggie garden when we moved into our first house. It paled in comparison to mum's, for starters it was only 3m x 1.5m. And of course I didn't inherit her green thumbs either.

These days I have a small veggie garden but it produces all the greens my family of 5 needs for the year. It's in a nice sunny spot, gets well watered (I use the tank water) and I add compost to the soil each time I plant something new.

So, regardless of the size of your backyard or your lack of green thumbs you can grow at least some of your food and save yourself a fortune.

Pick a nice sunny spot, it will need at least 6 hours of full sun each day.
Decide what you are going to grow. There's no point in planting zucchini if you only eat eggplant. Start with the easy to grow veggies - lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage, cauliflower, peas and beans. As you become more confident you can add eggplant, squash, carrots, radishes, beetroot etc
Water and weed regularly and enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labour.

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