Have you ever wanted to grow your own veggies but just wasn’t sure where to begin? Or did it seem way too intimidating for you to take the first stab at?
Keep reading! Starting your very own veggie garden is really not that hard. You will need a few supplies, some patience and time, and some good ol’ sun!
Since I live in Canada and to me it really seems like most of the 12 months of the year are freezing cold, I really enjoy the few short months of warm weather we get here and make sure I make the best of it by enjoying the sunshine while gardening. You can really get your daily dose of vitamin D when you start your own veggie garden.
With the colder weather in Canada, we have to start some of the seeds indoors between 6-10 weeks before the last frost. Now depending on what you are growing and where you live, you may or may not have to do this. There is a super handy guide from The Farmer’s Almanac that I literally refer to as the gardening bible. They have a handy guide where you type in the city you are in and they tell you what and when you need to start growing indoors and outdoors.
Many people ask why I bother growing my own veggies and why I wouldn’t just go to a grocery store and get whatever I need! Sure, I can do that (and do that most of the winter months), but growing your own has many benefits! Maybe these benefits will change your mind and you will start growing your own veggies too:
- it is way cheaper!
- you know exactly what is going into your soil that you are growing your veggies in (no pesticides!)
- it tastes so much better than the store bought produce
- the veggies are fresh when you use them. How awesome is it to pull tomatoes off the vine seconds before making a tomato sauce?
All in all, it is super satisfying to know you grew these super tasty vegetables on your own!
Here are the basic tools you will need:
– seedling starter trays (you can get these from the Dollar store now. Cheap and useful)
– permanent marker
– Popsicle sticks
– seeds from your local gardening store
– turkey baster (this is to water your seedlings, since they are quite delicate in the beginning, you have to water gently)
– good quality seed starting soil
– seed starting heating mat (you can buy these from Amazon. Unless you have an indoor greenhouse, it is a good idea to get a mat to help germinate the seeds)
Once you have gathered your tools, you simply have to plant the seeds into your pots with the seed starter soil, water and away you go! Make you you use the Popsicle sticks and marker to label your seeds so you don’t mix them up. *Tip: always plant a little more than you think you will need in case some of the seeds do not germinate or do not survive the transplant.
Keep checking on these little guys everyday and water when the soil feels dry. In a few weeks, you will most likely need to transplant them to bigger pots.
In a few short days, you will start seeing some of the seedlings sprout. They are super delicate so make sure you water and handle with care at this point. Stay tuned and I will give everyone an update on how these guys are doing!
What are you growing this year? Have you tried growing your own veggies? Comment below, would love to hear your stories and tips for a successful vegetable garden.