The Return of the Vegetable Garden

 

In days gone by everyone grew their own foods, it was the norm for most families to designate an area of the garden for fruits, vegetables and herbs – however, the introduction of supermarkets meant a rapid decrease in home grown produce.

It is only now that the popularity of ‘grow your own’ has blown up again. Whether it is because people are becoming increasingly conscious of the environment, are trying to keep costs down or are trying to avoid pesticides and chemicals, it has created a trend – with the help of Social Media and sites such as Houzz and Pinterest, which has spread ‘green fingers’ to every corner of the world.

Growing at home, either inside or out, can encourage children to understand the process of the food chain and demonstrate the importance of adding the right things to keep it healthy. Children can be encourage to eat more vegetables too, when they have planted them themselves and nurtured them throughout their growth – and as everyone knows, fresh produce tastes a lot better than shop purchased. The following are a few types of gardens to consider for your home, no matter how much space you have available.

Pallet Garden

Reusing pallets to create new furniture and different items around the home has recently become very popular, with numerous indoor and outdoor ideas being shared on the web. Many people have taken to building benches, tables and even beds with the recycled materials.

More recently the idea of using pallets to create vegetable or herb gardens has become quite widespread.  Pallet gardens can be hung on walls, used to create walls or divisions within your current garden or simply used as decoration on your patio – check out this tutorial from Urban Dirt TV on how to build your own pallet garden.

Vertical Garden

Vertical gardens are an awesome way to grow a lot of fruit and vegetables in a small space; they are perfect for city apartments or homes with small gardens.

There are many different and easy ways to create these at home- you can create both inside and outside vertical gardens. Other ways to build them include stacking pots or using felts – have a little look online to see which ones you like the look of best and which would work best in the space you are using. 

Traditional Vegetable Patch

If you do have the space, a vegetable patch it is probably the best way to grow the largest amount of vegetables. They are easy to maintain, easy to keep pests out of and they make it easy to harvest your ripe produce.  

Another advantage of using a traditional vegetable patch is that you can easily change the vegetable plants to match the season and have a variety of produce throughout the year.

The disadvantages are that it takes up a lot more space than a more modern vegetable grow, so would only work in gardens with a large amount of space. Weeds need to be pulled regularly and the soil is prone to infection so needs to be treated. 

Hydroponic Gardens

Plants don’t need to be grown in soil – they need the nutrients from it in order to grow. This means plants can be grown in water, reducing the chances of infection. It also means that water based vegetables (like cucumbers or lettuce) can grow much more quickly in a shorter space of time. 

Slightly more complex than the other grow systems, hydroponics can require some hi-tech equipment to set up, but an increasing number of ideas involving much simpler systems are emerging, enabling practically everyone to have one at home.

In a hydroponic garden the PH of the water is very important- it needs to be monitored every single day and nutrients must be added. Check out this ‘E-How’ article on how to create your own hydroponic vegetable garden.

Whichever way you decide to grow your own vegetables, know that you are helping yourself AND the environment by doing so. If you’re building your own vegetable garden, or have already, send in your pictures to our facebook or twitter profiles for a chance to be featured on our social media pages!