Growing your own vegetables not only helps you and your family, but it is a great thing to do for the environment too. You know for sure where you produce has come from, and you won’t have to rely on supermarkets (when your patch really takes off) for very much veggie wise.
Everyone starts somewhere, and although it is great to jump in feet first, building your confidence in gardening will help you in the long-run. It is easy to get disheartened when your strawberries just don’t grow.
So here are a couple of vegetables that are cost-effective and pretty easy to take care of. And before you know it, you’ll be moving on to climbing cucumbers, and wire mesh hanging peas.
This is a slow burner, as it takes two years for them to be ready to harvest. But, once they take, they will produce vegetables for as many as 20 years. You’ll plant and soaked (20 minutes in compost tea) asparagus crown around 6 inches into the soil, and ideally a foot apart from the next crown.
Lettuce gets very popular in the summer months as it is a great way to up your hydrations and a really light meal. One seed pack can provide you with up to 5 months’ worth of lettuce, depending on your consumption. You can start these indoors and move them outside when the weather gets a little warmer. It only takes around 40-55 days for the lettuce to be ready to eat too. It grows well in a container, making it easy to transport and start indoors.
If you like it a little more spicy, then Rocket (Arugula) can sprout within three days, and you can grow it in a tray in the house, or you can plant them outside with your other lettuce patch.
Not as long as the asparagus by a long shot, but broccoli seeds planted will give you at least 2 pounds of broccoli. Plus, it’s ready in around 12 weeks. You’ll need to start these off over the winter and nurture them for at least 6 weeks before moving them outside. You can also plant them in the summertime outside. They’ll need to be 18 inches apart for optimal conditions. Broccoli plants can be harvested up to three times over three months – great yield.
Kale is an incredibly versatile veggie and packs a punch when it comes to nutritional goodness too. A packet of seeds isn’t going to set you back much, and they only take 6 weeks to grow. If you compare a bag of supermarket kale, to the cost of seeds to grow your own – this is much more cost-effective.
Growing your own vegetables can take a little bit of a knowledge check, but in just a few short weeks, you can see the little sprouts of your hard work, and within weeks you can be enjoying fresh veggies on your table – directly from your garden.