It doesn’t take much to get cracking but unfortunately it isn’t as simple as placing seeds in the ground and hoping that they spring in to gloriously delicious vegetables Even if it doesn’t go perfectly first time, the more you keep at it the better they will get.
To give your new vegetable plot the best chance of getting off to the perfect start there are a few tasks that can get you going.
Firstly, size up the plot of land you want to use. This could be a purpose built plot, an allotment, or a small corner of your garden that is available to you. Vegetables will require roughly six hours of direct sunlight each day so you need to make sure your plot is in the right place; the more sunlight, the better the taste your vegetables will have!
The quality of the soil is also very important. Using a compost to enrich your soil will provide much-needed nutrients and you will need to make sure there is not a weed in sight. You can use a chemical weed killer if you are short on time however it is recommended to remove the weeds by hand for the best results.
If you have time it is also helpful to create a raised bed. This makes the plot more controllable, improves drainage with heavy soils and is also easier on your back. If you do go down this route make sure the plot is wide enough so you can comfortably reach into the middle without treading on the soil.
You cannot rely on the rainfall to provide all of the water that your new vegetables will need to become the delicious specimens you want – even in the UK. If you are setting about undertaking a sizeable amount of vegetable seeding you should think about the irrigation and creating a system that can provide your vegetables with water when required. Water butts can be very helpful in this instance as they can capture the rainfall, which can be used later, meaning you won’t have to tap into your home supply and is better for the environment. Using a water butt also helps reduce the amount of water that your home drainage system has to deal with which can reduce the risk of flooding during heavy rainfall.
Vegetable plots can often benefit from leaf mould as it can improve the soil structure and water retention. This can help your plot stay healthy for longer especially if you are using a raised bed. Strengthening your soil with leaf mould can ensure that the valuable nutrients and moisture can be retained for longer.