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My #TuesdayTip for this week is all about growing your own. Growing your own #fruit & #vegetables at home is a great way to help get your #5aDay and it's fun, fulfilling and cost-effective! Home grown fruit & veg tends to taste a lot better than supermarket bought items, too!But what if you live alone? Singletons need not worry, you can still #growyourown even if you don't have much outdoor space.The first trick to learn is – don’t overdo it. We know that at the start of spring it can be very tempting to rush outside, go mad and start sowing lots of everything you can lay your hands on. But there’s no point sowing a 3m (10ft) long row of lettuces – which could produce 10 full-sized lettuces, which will all be ready to eat at the same time, and 10 mini-lettuces for pulling early, if you only eat one lettuce a week! So just grow two, but grow two that you can pick every week or fortnight throughout summer.Sow a few seeds every two weeks from March to June, and even later if you want winter salads and can keep cold weather and frost off them in autumn and winter. This way you get a constant successional supply of your favourite salads and it helps prevents “gluts” and “famines”.The second big trick with all the quick-maturing salad crops – is to sow what you need/want every two weeks in cell trays or modules, ideally starting them off on a windowsill, in a cold frame, conservatory or greenhouse. Then grow these on until they’re big enough to plant out. They’ll grow faster than plants started from seeds in the ground, and when a crop is ready and you pick it, you’ll have your young plants all ready and raring to go to put in their place. This saves time and makes sure you’re constantly cropping.#Couchto5aDay #allotment #allotmentlife #allotmentgarden #allotmentuk #freshveggies #vegetablegardening
My #TuesdayTip for this week is all about growing your own. Growing your own #fruit & #vegetables at home is a great way to help get your #5aDay and it's fun, fulfilling and cost-effective! Home grown fruit & veg tends to taste a lot better than supermarket bought items, too!But what if you live alone? Singletons need not worry, you can still #growyourown even if you don't have much outdoor space.The first trick to learn is – don’t overdo it. We know that at the start of spring it can be very tempting to rush outside, go mad and start sowing lots of everything you can lay your hands on. But there’s no point sowing a 3m (10ft) long row of lettuces – which could produce 10 full-sized lettuces, which will all be ready to eat at the same time, and 10 mini-lettuces for pulling early, if you only eat one lettuce a week! So just grow two, but grow two that you can pick every week or fortnight throughout summer.Sow a few seeds every two weeks from March to June, and even later if you want winter salads and can keep cold weather and frost off them in autumn and winter. This way you get a constant successional supply of your favourite salads and it helps prevents “gluts” and “famines”.The second big trick with all the quick-maturing salad crops – is to sow what you need/want every two weeks in cell trays or modules, ideally starting them off on a windowsill, in a cold frame, conservatory or greenhouse. Then grow these on until they’re big enough to plant out. They’ll grow faster than plants started from seeds in the ground, and when a crop is ready and you pick it, you’ll have your young plants all ready and raring to go to put in their place. This saves time and makes sure you’re constantly cropping.#Couchto5aDay #allotment #allotmentlife #allotmentgarden #allotmentuk #freshveggies #vegetablegardening