GIVE 'GROW YOUR OWN' A GO!
If you want to grow your own vegetables, but don’t know when to plant and when it’s ready to eat! Here’s our quick guide to sowing and harvesting vegetables.
It is easier than you think!
5 Handy tips
• Knowing when to plant is very important. There are vegetables which can be planted for every month of the year.
• Planting calendars are a great guide, but also keep an eye on the weather. Tender plants need to be planted out after the last frost.
• The temperature of the soil is a major factor in the germination of seeds. Different vegetables will germinate at different temperatures. A soil thermometer is a great investment.
• Certain vegetables will require sowing inside before moving outside, such as tomatoes and sweetcorn.
• Varieties within the same vegetable, can have different sowing and harvesting times, so it’s always best to read the packet.
Have you made the switch to organic?
Organically grown vegetables are nutritious, tasty and good for the environment.
We want to help gardeners to make the switch! Growing vegetables in an organic and more nature friendly way has lots of benefits. Blue Diamond’s goal is to offer our customers an organic approved or nature friendly alternative, for every chemical product you use to grow your vegetables. It’s easy to make the switch to gardening with products that are kinder to our environment and with this change comes great benefits such as:
• It’s food you can trust- you know where it came from and how it was grown.
• It’s good for wildlife and biodiversity – organic pest control is less harmful to our flora and fauna.
• AND better for the environment – organic fertilisers promote healthy soil.
The Blue Diamond Group has an exclusive partnership with The Soil Association. It is the charity that digs deeper to transform the way we live and care for our natural world. The mission of the Soil Association is to help everyone understand and explore the vital relationship between the health of soil, plants, animals, and people.
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When to plant vegetables
If your new to veg growing or just need a quick reminder when to sow and when to harvest, this handy growing calendar will get you off to a flying start!
DOWNLOAD OUR VEG GROWING PLANNER (PDF format)
Don’t want to wait too long?
If you would like to grow your own vegetables and would like super quick results we have put together list of vegetables with short growing times .
These are easy to grow and great veg to try for budding young gardeners! Sow or plant them in succession to have continued supply of tasty vegetables.
Lettuce – takes only around 20 days to grow from seeds and even less if you buy young plants.
Lettuce is available in a range of varieties and is one of the easiest vegetables to grow.
Radish – grow in 3 – 4 weeks, no fuss, quick and easy.
Spinach – grows 3 – 4 weeks.
Beans And Peas - 6 – 8 weeks – vigorous growers with heavy crops.
Strawberries are one of the easiest fruit to grow and great for beginners. The taste of homegrown strawberries is far more flavoursome than you will ever find in shop-bought strawberries.
Choosing the right combination of varieties will ensure you have a succession of strawberry crops through the whole growing season well into autumn.