Category Archives: Growing Your Own Vegetables and Fruit

There is nothing more rewarding than Growing Your Own Vegetables and Fruit in you own backyard. Plus you save a few dollars as well.

Growing Beetroot from Seed and save yourself some money.

Growing Beetroot from Seed, (not seedlings) and you will save money by doing this.

You should plant beetroot seeds about 6 to 8 centimeters apart, and directly into the ground, you’ll also need to thin the growing seedlings out later..

Keep the water up to them, deep watering will promote the root to grow down into the soil where we want it.

Note: Don’t use any high nitrogen-based fertilizers on your growing beetroot, fertilizers such as liquid manure and fish emulsions come to mind. if you do use them or similar you will have plenty of leaves but very small beets, so its best to avoid this type of fertilizer all together.

Tip: Its best to plant beetroot from seed and not from punnet’s which have already started to grow as the young beets do not transplant well.

Beetroot

P.S. Beetroot is partial to an alkaline soil, so adding a handful of lime per square square metre, and lightly forking the lime  into your garden bed, before planting, is not a bad idea.

Sliced beetroot in fresh salads from your own garden, nothing beats that for taste.

This is a very simple crop to grow from seed, as with all vegetables, the quality of your seed will make or break your efforts,

Always use the best and freshest seed to ensure a good harvest from your crop.

Growing your own vegetables is most enjoyable and you can easily involve the kids in watering and making sure the snails and bugs don’t become a problem, their reward will be on the dinner plate and I’m sure the beetroot they grew is better tasting than yours. haha

 

How to Grow Runner Beans from Seed and reap the benefits of your labour.

Grow Runner Beans from seed is one of the easiest vegetables you can possibly grow in your garden plot, which in-turn makes them ideal for beginners, and small children to start with.

Runner Beans are a very hardy plant, but do require a good sunny position in your garden to flourish.

 

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Growing Beans in a Temperate climate like Australia.

  • First choose a position in your garden plot that has good sun.
  • Then run a spade through the soil, and turn it over to loosen it.
  • Drag your rake over the ground to remove clumps.
  • Next make a little V shaped groove in a straight line in the soil.

 

  • Plant your seeds along the groove you preprepared earlier, pressing your individual seed into the groove to  depth of approx 25mm and space them 10cm apart to allow for future growth.
  • Your rows should be approximately 60cm apart from each other.
  • Cover your seed with soil, and at down gently to remove air pockets.
  • You can water using a hose or watering can, but don’t over do it.
  • Don’t use any water for at least 2 – 3 days after sowing. (Large seeds require less water because of their volume, than smaller seeds)

Warning: Strong fertilizer for your runner beans is not really necessary, as the beans pull nitrogen out of the surrounding atmosphere, so don’t be too generous with your organic compost and use your fertilizer sparingly.

Tip: You will achieve optimum growing results, when the temperature of your soil is consistently above 20 degrees Celsius.

  • When your runner beans start growing, you can add some fertiliser to them that contain a high potash content, a liquid plant food is ideal for this purpose, as it can be watered in at the same time, if you prefer you can use a granular time feed one if you prefer.

Important: Beans are climbing plants, make sure you have a structure for them to climb up. (Stakes, Wire Mesh,  etc.)

Have fun and enjoy the benefit of growing your own food.

P.S. If you grow too many, you can either freeze them, or give them to friends and family whom I’m sure will appreciate them greatly.

 

How to Grow your own strawberries in a foam box

Growing your own strawberries in a confined space is quite easy and tasty  to do.

If you have a small confined back yard, then this is a straight forward easy way for you to grow your strawberry plants.

Its easy to do and it’s cheap, Plus, you will be harvesting a fresh crop of strawberries in no time at all.

Growing organic Strawberries in a foam box
First you will need to grab some used vegetable foam packing boxes, the type your greengrocer uses or you might be able to get some from your local produce  market either for free, or quite cheaply.

The main advantage of growing strawberries in these foam boxes: Is that the ripening fruit will hang over the edge of them, and it is less likely to rot, through the Strawberries touching the ground.

You will need:

  1. Vegetable foam boxes. (Any size will do)
  2. Fill with them a good quality premium potting mix.
  3. You can either plant seed,  a strawberry plant, or strawberry plant runners to get things started.

Foam Box

P.S. Remember to Poke 5 or more drainage holes in the bottom of each foam box, to release any excess water that might be in there, otherwise the water will be retained, and cause rotting of the roots and other problems, such as stagnant water smells. (Not Nice at all)


Important: If you spot any aphids on your strawberry plants, remove them immediately, as they can transmit viruses, from plant to plant and you could loose much of your crop. (Use an aphid pyre-thrum base spray, or you can simply use soapy water to control them)

Strawberries also suffer from fungi, so always remove any dead leaves, and fruit you find to reduce this risk.

KEEP the plants covered with some suitable bird netting when the plants start to fruit, as your not the only one who likes fresh ripe strawberries.


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I know once you grow strawberries for the first time, and taste the delicious fruit, you will never go back to a store bought one ever again. (Unless you run out and need to grow more that is)

How to get free seedling mix from store bought potting mix.

A very simple and cost-effective way to get some free seedling mix from any store-bought potting mix.

The very next you open a potting mix bag, run it through a fine sieve, and the soil that falls through the sieve, can be used as a very nice fine grade seedling mix. You of cause use the rest as standard potting mix.

The UN-sieved potting mix can be used as usual, and it is ideal for any Bromeliads or Orchids you might like to plant in it.

How to get seedling mix for free

 

Things you need:

  • A bag of Potting Mix. (Any brand and any sized bag of normal potting mix.)
  • A fine sieve. (You can also use a seedling tray with fine holes in the bottom of it, as your sieve if you don’t have a store-bought one on hand.)
  • A pair of Gardening Gloves (It’s advisable to wear gloves when handling any form of potting and seedling mix)

Seedling, Mix

This handy tip will save you a few dollars by not having to buy separate potting mix bags of seedling mix.

I highly recommend that you wear suitable gardening gloves.

 

NOTE: Potting mixes, mulches, compost and soils, contain many forms of bacteria, that can be harmful to your health, and in some instances, result in death.