Recent events have meant that a lot of people are at home more than before. This means that without a daily commute, they may have more free time available. With the lovely spring weather we had, gardening has become a more popular pastime. Having to entertain children at home, many people have turned to the idea of growing their own vegetables. If you have never grown your own veg, the good news is that it’s never too late to start and you’ll always be learning something new.
Here are 7 Useful tips for growing your own veg:
Spring may seem far off in the future – especially with the stormy weather we’ve been having, but the sight of snowdrops this week gives us a delightful reminder that the end of the winter is in sight. Is your garden in need of a face lift? Or maybe it’s a completely blank canvas? This is the perfect time of year to get started. Here are a few important points to consider:
1. CLEAN PAVING: – to avoid dangerous slippy surfaces. Green algae will accumulate on any surface which doesn’t get much light. This is a great job for a lovely bright dry day. Avoid doing this on a windy day as the drift from the spray may kill plants and grass. Brush off any leaves or debris from the area. In your garden sprayer, mix 50:50 Sodium hypochlorite and water and spray it on. No need to wash off – just leave it to dry. You will notice the difference in a few days. If it was really green, you may need to do it again in a few weeks, but generally, once the area is clean you should only need to do this once or twice a year to keep it clean.
Vanessa Drew is a highly experienced garden designer based near Rathfriland, Co Down. Vanessa is also a part-time farmer, animal lover and owner of Ballyroney Cottage farmstay B&B. She enjoys hiking, mindfulness and is a wildlife and conservation enthusiast. In her blogs, she shares her passion for horticulture, animals and country lifestyle.