Third of UK to grow their own in 2011

Wed, Apr 13, 2011

Grow your own

As many as 37 per cent of UK adults have said they would grow half, or more, of all the produce they needed this summer, either in their own gardens, allotments or even window boxes.

It also appears that  the demand for allotments has increased with the average waiting list now 59 people per 100 plots. That has gone up by 20% in just one year.Plus sales of veg seeds now outstrip flower seeds.

The best news for Grow Your Own is that gardeners are starting even younger – 72% said they had fallen in love with gardening by the age of 30.

If you are contemplating whether to Grow Your Own check out Monty Don’s guide now which started in the Daily Mail yesterday and is giving free veg seeds away till 21st April. It might inspire you to dig up that bit of lawn and discover the immense satisfaction of serving up your own delicious home grown veg.

Grow Your Own is easy if you follow 6 simple steps:

SOIL – spend most of your budget on improving the soil as veggies are only as good as the soil.

LIGHT –  half the site should have light all day so choose a sunny protected site. Mine has an old brick wall at the back which holds the sun’s warmth

DRAINAGE – if ground gets waterlogged or floods is will not be suitable. Most veg require free draining soil

WIND – wind is a greater enemy than extremes of temperature,drying out the soil. Use hedges and trees if you do not have walls or hard surfaces

WATER – vegetables need tons of water so locate the plot near to a mains water supply – or better still install a water butt to collect rainwater

ACCESS – ensure good access to the plot and between rows of veggies – make paths that are hard wearing – grass is good but has to be mown.

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