Embrace the gardener within by growing these 5 foods
If you are looking to start growing your own fresh fruit and veg in your garden, one of the best places to start is with berries. Some of the easiest berries to start out growing include blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. These berries will not only provide your garden with vibrant colours and great smells, but they will also provide you with versatile fruits to start using in some of your favourite jams. From home-made jams to fruit crumbles, you'll never be short of things to cook using your home-grown berries. Berries are also a great source of antioxidants, just another great bonus to enjoy when you grow your own berries. For tips and advice on growing berries in your garden, click here.
Peppers are an extremely versatile and popular vegetable and come in many forms. Much like berries, peppers can add some real colour to your garden and if you would like to start growing your own peppers, you best be quick, as the best time to sow peppers is mid-February to mid-April. Peppers can be grown inside or outside and seeds and plants can be purchased from most garden nurseries. For more information on growing your own peppers, visit the RHS grow your own page, here.
3. Root vegetables:
Next on our list is root vegetables; a group of vegetables rather than one particular vegetable. Root vegetables are those that grow in the ground, like carrots, potatoes, parsnips and turnips. These vegetables have a real earthy character to them and can be used in your favourite dishes throughout the year – great for homemade stews, soups or pies. Preparing and maintaining your soil, to provide a safe growing area is key to growing root vegetables. The soil needs to be loose enough for the seed to send down roots.
Another popular produce to grow from your own home is herbs, and like the previously mentioned berries and peppers, a herb garden can add some real character to your garden. There's also nothing quite like the taste of fresh herbs picked from your own garden. Add bags of flavour to your favourite dishes by growing herbs like basil, coriander, parsley and rosemary, all year round. While there will be an initial investment in getting your herb garden ready, you will save in the long run from having to fork out for expensive supermarket herbs.
Last on our list, is apples, a popular fruit grown throughout the country. Growing your own apples allows you to really experiment in the home, as you can cook sweet and savoury dishes or even venture into making your own home-made cider using freshly grown apples from your garden. Apples are also one of the easiest tree fruits to grow, so if you are keen to start trying to grow your own fruit and veg, look no further than the popular apple.
There are numerous gardening events throughout the UK to mark the celebration of National Gardening Week, so if you want to check what's on in your area, click here. If you decide to start growing your own produce, you can look forward
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