Grow your own made simple

VegetablesFive top tips for getting it right - More and more people are being bitten by the ‘Grow Your Own’ bug, particularly as there is still no let up in the recession. By the end of year the number turning to ‘Grow Your Own’will have risen by 5%.

It’s not surprising. The satisfaction of planting, growing and then enjoying fruit and vegetables is immense and once people have been successful they tend to want to continue, expanding the number and type of crops they grow.

“Growing your own is great fun,” explained Laura Varey of garden care company, Bayer Garden. “The taste and texture of fruit and veg you have nurtured always seems much better than the shop-bought alternatives. But too many people get put off, thinking they lack the knowledge to succeed.

“This is why we have put together five top tips that will help everyone to get started and get some great results.

“We’ve also focused on getting our products right to make it as straight forward as possible.

“Having been around for over 50 years, Phostrogen Plant Food is tried, tested and ideal for vegetables, fruit and plants. We’ve recently made it even simpler for the novice gardener by introducing Phostrogen Solos. With these there is no measuring or handling of chemicals; the user just has to tip the Solo into a watering can, and let the fertiliser dissolve and then get to work watering.

“We’ve also tackled the pest problem head on for novice gardeners. Provado Ultimate Bug Killer is ideal, offering the best all round protection for fruit and vegetables.”

Bayer Garden’s Top Five Tips

Step 1: Getting started is easy and even the smallest patio, balcony or communal garden can produce a range of salads, herbs and some tasty vegetables all summer long.

Step 2: Where to plant. Choose the sunniest spot available to grow your crops. If there’s space, dig over a patch of soil adding plenty of well rotted manure or compost. Short on space? Select a few pots, tubs, hanging baskets or just about any container that has holes in the bottom for drainage. Alternatively use grow bags.

Step 3: Get planting. Seed is an economical and very easy way of growing many crops but you can also get off to a flying start with small plants available from garden centres or through the post. But remember, grow what you love to eat and sew some seeds every few weeks to ensure a succession of fresh crops is always available.

Step 4: Nurture your crops. Your crops will grow better and be more productive if they have all the nutrients and water they need. For container grown crops this is absolutely essential. One of the easiest and most successful ways is to do both at once. Just add a scoop of Phostrogen Plant Food or pop a pre-measure Phostrogen Solo to the watering can at every watering for young seedlings. Looked after in this way, the shoots will establish quicker when planting out and resist problems much better.

Step 5: Finally pick and enjoy. The fresher your crops, the better they taste, so eat within hours of picking for maximum pleasure!