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Grow Your Own Vegetable Or Herb Garden This Summer!

By Sophie Anderson

The benefits to growing your own garden are endless. No more spending money on vegetables, herbs or plants! Consuming your very own organic vegetables and plants straight from your garden is a million times more healthier for you! How long has the food on your supermarket shelf has been there? How long did it take to travel from the farm to get to your table? Or how often do they get sprayed with toxic chemicals to make them look better and fresh? (when really, they must be old). Also, Instead of relying on vitamins and supplements, you could have your own whole foods garden which has full of nutrients for the body. To get started on your warm seasonal veggie/ plant garden, choose a place where the sun hits the most, mix compost and manure and choose a pot, or a little piece of land where you would like to start growing your garden.

Below are a few tips on creating your own garden

Carrots– These root vegetables are known to be good for your eyesight. To produce the best crop, double dig your planting area or build up a raised bed. Use Loose, rock- free soil although if you do use heavy soil, add plenty of mature compost. Carrots can be planted in a large pot or in your garden. If you wanted to try something different and creative, plant rainbow carrots as they grow in reds, yellows and purples!

Cucumbers– When planting cucumbers, always make sure you get a cucumber trellis to allow your plants to climb. Water regularly. Cucumbers consist of 96 per cent water which means they need frequent watering and a lot of sun. Cucumber plants grow rapidly but usually hide behind their leaves and by the time you notice them they are huge. They are also a good source of copper, potassium, manganese & vitamin C.

Mint– Mint can sooth the stomach in cases of indigestion or inflammation. Hence why when people feel unwell or feel like they need to relax, they drink a cup of peppermint tea. Mint is also known to relieve headaches and nausea. You can plant this plant in a garden or a pot. Planting mint in a pot is preferred as it could take over your garden. This plant grows very fast. Select a damp area (if growing in your garden) in either sun or part shade. Always keep the soil moist and mulch to keep the roots moist.

Lettuce– Want to know the secret to “romaining” calm? Romain lettuce is known to help you keep calm, helps fight cancer and supports liver functions! You can plant these in a pot or in your garden. Make sure to plant in full sun to part shade. Water frequently as lettuce consists of 96 per cent water! These plants grow 10 to 12 inches tall and 5-6 inches wide.

Rosemary– The three fundamentals for successfully growing rosemary are Sun, Good drainage and Good Air Circulation. If you live in a place where the climate is very warm, you can grow rosemary in the ground year round. Provide a sandy, well draining soil and 6-8 hours of full sunlight. Planting rosemary in a pot is preferred.

Coriander–  This herb is best to plant in autumn, winter and spring because that is when it is the most leafy. Coriander grows best in a sunny spot with well drained soil and a decent supply of water and fertiliser. It grows well in both pots or a garden. If using a pot make sure to use a top quality potting mix and sit the pots up on pot feet so water drains away after each watering.

As you can see, growing your own garden can be quite simple!
So Don’t Delay and Create Your Own Garden Today!

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