When I was a child I have very fond memories of helping my mum and dad out in the vegetable garden and orchard, watering the plants, weeding, digging, planting, and my favourite part harvesting the produce. In today’s times everyone is so busy and impatient with a “I want it now” attitude, I think we miss so much and so many little moments that create wonderful memories with our own children.
Before you start your garden
There are so many different advice guides available online now that you have an abundance of information, sometimes this can be more confusing. I suggest you start at the beginning
- Where do you want your garden? – Partial sun and well-draining is best
- How much space do you have?
- What type of garden do you want? – Raised garden, Tyre garden, Pot garden
- What do you want to grow? – try to select seasonal vegetables
- How much do you want to spend setting up your garden?
Types of gardens
Raised garden beds are the most efficient, however the initial set up can be expensive purchasing the materials to build the planter boxes, purchasing good dirt and fertilisers, but they are less work in the long run – weeds don’t grow as much, if you build it with rough sawn timber or metal sheeting then you have less slugs and snails as they don’t climb over it and these can be built anywhere and provide easy drainage.
Tyre Gardens are cheap – most tyre shops will give you old used tyres for free, then simple stack them up and fill with dirt. Again less slugs, snails and weeds however the biggest downfall is the space – you can’t plant many plants in each stack so if your wanting a big crop then tyres aren’t the way to go.
Pot/Planter Gardens are great if you lack space or only have a patio/deck. They cost a bit to buy the containers but are very easy to maintain, look good as you can get pots in almost any colour to match your décor. The biggest let down with this type of garden is you can’t grow big plants such as Tomatoes or Pumpkins and every season you need to change the dirt as the containers are so small the plant has used all the nutrients in the soil in one season.
In ground gardens are the old fashioned type, these are a lot of initial work to dig up all the grass and turn over the soil, but you don’t have to buy soil which is a benefit. Ground gardens are more susceptible to slugs, snails and weeds and you also have to ensure the site for your garden has efficient drainage for the water.
Whichever you choose just make sure it’s fun, makes you smile and you enjoy the experience