Here’s our introduction to growing vegetables for budding gardeners. At TaylorMade Commercial we provide top-of-the-range commercial planters to businesses and organisations across the UK. Our planters are used for different purposes, one of these being with the intent of growing vegetables. This is particularly popular in schools and nurseries. Learning how to care and nurture vegetables is a really valuable skill with a lot of life lessons for the children involved. With this in mind, we wanted to give a brief introduction to the basics of growing vegetables in your planters.
Opt to have your planters or vegetable garden positioned in a sunny spot in the garden. This is the most beneficial for the objective of growing vegetables. Pay attention to the way in which the sun falls in your space throughout the day. Ideally, vegetables need 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
Choose the location of your planters. You want them to be located somewhere that gets a good amount of sun. It should also be somewhere accessible so that you can keep an eye on any weeds or insect infestations. Shelter from the wind is also a good thing as this prevents your plants from being damaged by the elements.
Soil is made from three main components. These are sand, clay and silt. The best soil has equal amounts of all three of these. Sandy soils are less fertile. Heavy clay soils make it harder for soil to drain away, but they are more fertile. The perfect soil is sticky and gritty. Compost should be added to improve the nutrient content. This should provide you with an all-purpose soil that will nurture your crops.
Layout and plan
Take time to plan the layout of your vegetable garden. If working with children this could also be something that the class can do together.
Many gardeners divide their plots up into brassicas, legumes and tubers. Don’t overcrowd the patch with too many vegetables.
Contents of your garden
There are some vegetables that are better suited to beginner gardens:
Lettuce and salad greens – fast growing and easy harvesting.
Carrots – easy to grown and will still thrive in slight shading.
Green beans – the easiest type of beans to grow.
Cucumbers – these generally like warmer temperatures so should be planted in the sunniest spots.
Courgettes – known for growing easily amongst gardeners.
Tomatoes – a popular favourite that will grow in pots as well as planters.
There are thousands of varieties of vegetables, so you can find some that will suit your patch and taste buds with some simple experimentation.
Time of year
Most vegetables should be sown between April and June. However, the growth period of different vegetables can be very different. Follow the advice on seed packets for planting and harvesting advice.
Don’t delay in picking your vegetables. If they look good enough to eat, they probably are.