The country is coming out of the recession gradually, but with the fear of a triple dip still on people’s minds, many of you starting to grow your own vegetables in a bid to cut your shopping bill. With food prices
set to rise until 2018, fresh produce will become a rarity as people turn to cheaper alternatives. Turning a little space into your garden into your very own allotment means that you can eat food that you have grown; these are free from pesticides, cost next to nothing and will provide you with a sense of achievement every time you pick them for dinner.
We don’t expect you to turn your whole garden into an allotment (although you could if you want) but growing a few vegetables from your staple diet will reduce your bills per month. With our raised TruggyWug, you can grow vegetables that need light such as celery, broccoli, peppers, cucumber and so many more whilst growing vegetables that need to grow underground; such as potatoes, carrots, onions and leeks, beneath it. You could even grow vegetables if you live in a property with a terrace instead of a garden- the possibilities are endless!
If you want to separate a section of your garden to grow a small amount of vegetables then the ChunkyWood will give you a way that’s easy, fast and stylish! With varied shapes and sizes on offer, this is a must have to grow your own vegetables.
So where to start? The weather we are currently having is the perfect climate for the plants to grow so it will need to be in the next month. Start by just growing the vegetables that you eat regularly and expand the variety as you get more experience. You need to choose somewhere that gets plenty of sunlight, as our TruggyWug’s are mobile, you can move them until you find the perfect place.
A quick trip to the garden centre will provide you with the tools you need (spade, hose, hoe and broadfork) and the seeds. Remember to get the compost to fill your TruggyWug and fertiliser to help your vegetables grow – if you choose our ChunkyWood then you will have to check if you have clay, sand or silt soil as this will change the type of vegetables you can grow.
When you plant your vegetables, leave plenty of space between them to ensure that they have room to breathe and grow. Why not get the children involved and give them a vegetable each that they can choose, plant, nuture and finally pick for dinner when ready. This will be a great interactive learning tool – make it more fun by ordering multicoloured vegetable seeds and watching their face when they pull out a purple carrot or red cauliflower!