Growing Your Own – A Starter Guide

Growing your own food doesn’t have to be difficult.

 

We’ve been growing our own food at home for a couple of years now. The first year I had a single tomato plant which gave fruit that never ripened. I had no idea that it needed a bigger plant pot – the 2l bottle I’d fashioned into a pot simply wasn’t big enough!

 

tomato seedlings

 

Fast forward a couple of years: we’re growing more food than ever. The kids are getting involved: planting seeds, making biodegradable seed pots and helping to look after the plants. We’re better for it: the food tastes better, I have more interesting ingredients to cook with and we’re healthier for it too. I think everyone should have a go at growing their own food!

 

a bright back garden with lots of different kinds of plants

 

How to grow your own food at home

 

Growing your own food is very much a learning curve – each year is better than the last. Before you start, think about how much space and time you have as well as what you’re most likely to eat. There is no point in growing something you won’t want to eat! The RHS website has guides on almost every type of edible you could plant – once you’ve written down a list of what you’d most like to growing suggest checking out their website to see if space and time permits. Don’t forget to consider sun and wind!

 

purple kale in a pot on a table surrounded by other plants grow your own food

 

What are the easiest foods to grow at home?

 

Everything listed below is easy to grow and ideal for those with little or no gardening experience. If you’re just starting out, I recommend just choosing two or three things. The Royal Horticultural Society website has guides for most kinds of edibles – once you’ve chosen what you’d like to grow this year, check out their grow your own section.

 

  • Vegetables. Potatoes, carrots, beetroots, courgettes, squashes, leeks, onions, tomatoes, chillies, bell peppers.
  • Fruit. Strawberries, gooseberries, cape gooseberries.
  • Salad. Nasturtiums, rocket, mixed salad leaves, lettuce, radishes, spring onions.
  • Herbs. Sage, oregano, chives, mint, fennel, lemon balm, rosemary.

 

a large polytunnel with all the gardening equipment you need to grown your own food outside

 

What equipment will I need?

 

To start with, all you’ll need is a seed tray, seeds, some small/medium pots, a trowel and some compost. What you get after that will depend on what you decide to grow.

 

chilli pepper plants in pots in the foreground with a bright orange watering can in the background

 

What if I don’t have much space at home?

 

You can still grow plenty at home even if all you have is a few windowsills. Currently on my windowsills are peppers, chilli peppers, stevia and lots of tomato seedlings!

 

What will your garden grow this year? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Mummies Waiting

2 thoughts on “Growing Your Own – A Starter Guide

  1. We live in a flat so don’t have any outside space at home but we have an allotment where we grow flowers, soft fruit & some veg – courgettes are my favourite! #thelistlinky

    1. Lush! I used to have an allotment but I found that and the garden hard to manage. I love courgette too! What soft fruit do you grow?

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