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Vegetable Growing Guide

Updated on April 11, 2013

Planning on buying vegetable seeds for your garden this summer?

Then look no further. I bring to you a fantastic range of seeds for you to peruse at your leisure. Buy your seeds from the comfort of your own home. Take your time and pick out the ones your family like the best.

This guide brings you some growing tips which will help you become self-sufficient in vegetables this summer.

Planning a Vegetable Garden

There is nothing nicer than a garden full of well-tended rows of green vegetables all ripening for use in the kitchen, the sight and smell of which set your taste buds tingling in anticipation.

No more tramping off down to the supermarket and hauling heavy bags of veggies home; grow your own and save a fortune as well as knowing that what you are doing has a low carbon footprint.

Also, when you grow your own, you know what chemicals and sprays, if any, have been put on the vegetables that you are eating, because you will have used them.

There are natural alternatives like neem spray you can make to avoid using pesticides, and green fertilizers can also be home made without the addition of nasty chemicals.

Some garden vegetables are, to my mind, far better eaten straight off the plant, like garden peas. Not only good for you, but cheaper than have to using fuel to cook them with all the goodness intact (some vitamins are destroyed by heat).

Home grown vegetables always taste so much better than shop bought ones, so what are you waiting for? Let's get started.

Choosing Vegetables to Grow

I grow what I use. If I don't like eating a vegetable, I don't grow it.

Think of the ones you and your family like eating. What about carrots? Carrots come in all sorts of colours now too instead of just the plain orangle-coloured ones.

Just clear the ground of weeds, dig it over, rake it smooth and plant in a line of them.

Use a piece of string with a stick either end to guide your line straight, use another stick to make a straight indentation in the soil, scatter the seeds thinly along this line.

You can thin them out after they germinate if they are too close together.

Lettuce and broccoli

Among the easiest veggie to grow, and it can grow all year round if you have a greenhouse or conservatory for the winter. Again just plant in drills, thin as required.

Buy Seed Potatoes

Potatoes don't come in seeds, they come as seed potatoes.

Basically you can just plant any of your household potatoes that sprout 'eyes', but the advantage is buying seed potatoes from breeders is that they have bred disease-resistance into them which your second generation shop bought ones might not have.

Follow the manufacturer's guide on when to plant seeds potatoes, but as a rule of thumb you want to plant them:

  • 4" deep
  • 15" apart
  • in rows 2' 6" apart

Use a dutch hoe to draw the soil up into furrows so that your potatoes have plenty of room to grow.

Expect to lift them for the table about 100 days after planting.

Grow Garden Peas

These fantastic plants have a rightful place in everyone's vegetable garden.

If you can pick enough for the pot, fair and good, but personally I just don't care. I will eat them just as they are.

They generally need some form of support to climb up, old twigs inserted in a criss-cross fashion, or a proper chicken wire fence.

You know the size of the dried seed and they can be hand planted in drills, just an inch or so apart from each other. Do two drills in tanden and put your support in the middle between them.

Water well during dry periods and it shouldn't take long before you can enjoy fresh peas straight from the pod.

I hope you have enjoyed browsing through this hub full of different seed ideas for your garden this summer, half as much as I have enjoyed putting it all together.


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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks, and thankyou for making a great comment that really contributes to this article :)

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      DollarSeed 6 years ago

      Izzy, you did a great job on this blog. It's funny, because gardening has been around for centuries, and yet we still need to keep bringing people back to the basics. Everything I grow is done organically, and we have 3 composters working full time, to keep the raised beds filled with the best medium.

      Each year I like to play around with new seeds. Hot peppers have been my favorites for many years, and we use them to make our own chili powder. Tomatoes are another favorite, I especially like cherry tomatoes, but grow beefsteak for fresh sandwiches and salads, and Roma for homemade spaghetti sauce.

      My biggest problem is trying to plant the seeds when the local squirrels aren't watching me. If they see me digging in the dirt, then they come to dig there to see what goodies I put in there for them. Out of 300 flowering bulbs, they stole about half of them. One even stole a small US flag I had in a patriotic

      Thanks for helping keep the tradition of the home gardens growing.

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      You would need to ask your supplier if they have geneticaly modified them. I wouldn't have thought so, though, because the geneticaly modified crops will be used widescale by farmers who want to get the most our of their land, not by the private grower.

      Well done on the veggies you have growing!

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      salt 7 years ago from australia

      Lovely, I have snow peas growing, did have tomatoes, but they died, passionfruit, mint and spinach. The spinach is fantastic, 6 plants in a little balcony pot gives us months of spinach.

      I like organic or natural vegies, so unsure about the seed potato? Is it genetically modified?

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Yeah I keep trying but still need to find an effective way of dealing with snails. Even snail killer doesn't work because the next watering or rain shower drowns the capsules so they are no longer viable.

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      jayjay40 8 years ago from Bristol England

      Well done Izzy, this information will help us all grow vegetables in our gardens

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      LOL thanks for commenting:)

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      Springboard 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Very helpful hints here. I'm a horrible guy with plants, to be sure, so anything I can do to improve life for any plant within inches of me is a good thing. Thanks.