Grandma was right all along; eating your greens is officially “in” as more and more of us are embracing the power of plants. With that in mind, it’s no surprise to see so many people digging up their gardens to grow their own food – the benefits are seemingly endless! Creating your own family vegetable patch is fun, cheap and the perfect project to get the kids involved with over the summer. Not only does it give you control over the growing process (good-bye dodgy pesticides!), it teaches the little ones important lessons about nature and where their food comes from.
The hands-on aspect of a home-made veg garden is bound to make even the fussiest of eaters more excited about the green stuff. Not to mention the opportunity to learn some important skills for the future. If that wasn’t rewarding enough, home grown veg has been proven to be tastier and more nutritious, with the added benefit of reducing your carbon footprint. Growing your own veg needn’t be complicated – whether you’re a seasoned gardener or an absolute beginner, we’ve come up with five simple tips to help get you started. Check them out below!
1. Pick your seeds – To make your garden fun and accessible for the kids, it’s best to stick to veggies that are easy and quick to grow; think carrots, courgettes and tomatoes. Check out Dobbies Garden Centre’s selection of seed pods – they come with the seeds, fertiliser and compost to make life a bit easier!
2. Plot your patch – Pick a space that has plenty of access to sunlight and water. If your garden’s not big enough, container gardens are just as good and allow you to get a bit more creative with your veg patch – we love these egg shell seedling pots by Squawk Fox.
3. Make some room – City dwellers needn’t miss out on the joys of a home vegetable patch. Check out this tutorial on balcony and rooftop gardens.
4. Customise your garden – Add some personal flair to your garden with creative labels and markers you can make with the kids. These animal garden markers by The Shopping Mama are too cute!
5. Get cooking! – The best part about a vegetable patch is undoubtedly the final product. Find some tasty kid-friendly recipes like this fresh tomato pasta to reward all that hard work.
This post was written in partnership with Dobbies* by our lifestyle contributor, Zoe Macnaughton.