From quinoa to carrots – now’s the ideal time to start your own veggie garden and grow some homegrown greens!
With the rising cost of living, growing your own food is a great way of reducing some of your costs, while also getting back to basics and teaching your kids how to take better care of the earth and their health.
Having recently written about the amazing benefits of quinoa, here’s how to grow it for yourself! [READ ‘Keen on Quinoa’]
You can find Quinoa seed packs starting from as little as R13 for 200 seeds
When to start…
Right about now!
Plant at the beginning of spring, by sowing seeds barely covered with soil in uniform rows.
Keep the soil moist until the seedlings sprout.
Weed by hand until the plants are 10cm (4 inches) tall, gradually thinning plants to 45cm (18 inches) apart.
As the plants grow, they will shade out most summer weeds.
Quinoa adapts to most soils but grows best in fertile, well-drained earth.
Position in full sun if you can.
What to expect…
Quinoa grows to about 1.2 meters.
Wait until the plants shed their leaves to harvest your quinoa.
When the weather is dry, bend over seed heads into a large bucket and clip them off.
Working in a dry place, strip off the seeds, use a fan to winnow out debris, and spread the seeds on screens or trays to finish drying indoors.
What else is good to grow?
Now is a great time to grow many herbs and veggies, either by seeds or nursery six packs.
Here are some hardy options, no matter your level of experience with gardening:
potatoes (you can even grow potatoes using leftover potato peels, making them incredibly easy and waste-free to grow!)
So there you have it – some of the easiest veggies to grow in order to save the planet and your budget!
Mums, do you have a veggie garden or have you been wanting to start one?
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