This is how you start your own vegetable garden today
01 Mar 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | people are reading
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March is the time to start with a (mini) vegetable garden. And that is not difficult at all, certainly not with the advice below from two vegetable garden experts.
More than five minutes a day, according to Jelle Medema, it is not necessary to grow vegetables yourself. "Many beginners get demotivated after a few months, because the harvest fails or because they find it a lot of work to maintain the plants. But it really doesn't have to be that way."
Medema started in 2007 the Easy Vegetable Garden, which grew into an active community and a free app that guides beginners step by step. "Start small, with a few square meters, a vegetable garden container or a few growbags."
Floor Korte by Floors Vegetable Garden, who wrote two books about vegetable gardens, recommends that you also think carefully about what you wants to start renovating. "What do you like to eat? If you don't like beetroot, there is little point in sowing them."
With good soil, you can hardly go wrong
Medema's most important advice is to use good soil. "For example a special vegetable garden mix. Then you can hardly ruin it yourself." According to the vegetable gardener, potting soil contains a lot of fertilizer, so that plants receive too much nutrition in the beginning. "They produce a lot of leaves, for example, but little root or tuber."
Plants in vegetable garden mix in pots and pots instead of in the open ground also saves weeding. Medema: "You only need 20 centimeters of soil. Although roots do not grow longer than 20 centimeters, if you choose the right kind, they will simply thicken when they reach the bottom."
Here you will find bins best
According to the experts, where you place the bins exactly is also something to think about. Korte: "Look where the sun is and if there are things in the garden that can give shade, such as a shed or tree."
Fruit crops, such as pumpkin, tomato, cucumber and zucchini, have at least six hours need sun every day. "Many leafy vegetables, such as spinach, lettuce, endive and bok choy, are more resistant to shade," says Korte.
Medema prefers to see the vegetable garden as close to the house as possible, so that you can see the plants in a manner of speaking. can see from your kitchen window. "You can immediately see how the vegetables are placed and you can easily cut some herbs when you are cooking."
Little space? Go up in height
There are plenty of easy-to-grow vegetables. Thus radishes give quick results. Picking lettuce, carrots and spinach are also great vegetables to start with. Pre-sowing, in which you already germinate a seed indoors, is almost never necessary, according to Medema. "Better not even. Then the plants immediately get used to the climate outside."
If you have little space, it is best to choose types of vegetables that go in height instead of in width. Palm kale, for example, which tastes the same as kale. Or climbing zucchini, green beans and tomatoes that grow up through a climbing frame. Medema: "When you harvest beans or zucchini, new ones will come naturally. So you can eat them all summer."