March 29th, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments
Growing your own fruits and vegetables can be very satisfying but it can take a lot of time – time that not everyone has to spare! You may work long hours, have a busy schedule or a young family that keeps you on your toes. What can you do when time is truly precious? This post is going to take you through 7 vegetable garden shortcuts.
- Choose easy crops – although it seems an obvious solution, it’s the first step to a speedy garden. A great example is onions, they can be planted out as partly grown bulbs called sets or as young plants, then simply kept watered and weeded until harvest time.
- Buy plug plants – plug plants are young plants that have been grown in their own potting soil until they’re at the perfect stage for planting out into beds. This saves time because you have no sowing to do and you don’t have to worry about fiddly seedlings.
- Group vegetables together – grow vegetables that prefer similar conditions or that are from the same crop family. This makes it easier to tailor specific growing requirements to your crops.
- Make an instant bed – a great labour saving solution is using the no-dig approach. You can find the full method for this, in the video below.
- Use growing bags – growing bags are great for tomatoes and peppers, they are self-contained sacks of potting soil can be used to grow all manner of shallow-rooted crops.
- Lower maintenance containers – containers of all shapes and sizes can provide growing spaces where ground is in short supply or poor condition, but they do require more frequent watering and feeding. Save time by mulching the surface of the potting soil with gravel or shredded bark, which will help to retain valuable moisture.
- Low maintenance paths – don’t take up your time weeding or mowing paths between beds. Lay down a thick mat of straw bark chippings or other biodegradable matter. You could even lay down planks of wood!
These are just the basics of gardening shortcuts, if you’d like to find out more information on each of these tips then you can find it in the video below. If you have any of your own, let us know in the comments below or on social.