Now that spring is finally here; the race is on for getting your outdoor spaces ready for growing a bumper crop of fruit and veg. Whether it’s a window sill or a small veg patch, we have some top tips for maximising the size and scale of your homegrown crop, and compost and fertiliser ideas delivered to your doorstep.
- Choose the right containers for your plants
Vegetables need the right sized space to truly blossom. Smaller pots are suitable for windowsills or small balconies and excellent homes for plants like herbs, edible flowers and salad leaves. Deep pots provide the perfect solution for growing carrots in a tight space. Grow bags are ideally suited for larger balconies and back yards, and ideal for a wide range of veg from tomatoes to courgettes and peppers. If you’re feeling ambitious, why not try stacking the grow bags to give your plant twice the depth and more room to flourish.
- Choose compost with the right type of nutrients
Your plants need the right food to grow big and strong, and it can be confusing picking the right compost type. When you’re dealing with small pots and fledgeling plants, multi-purpose compost is an excellent choice as young plants aren’t that picky about what they need in the early stages of their lives. Peat-free compost is perfect for the environmentally minded gardener. In the early stages, avoid using garden soil as it may carry unwanted weeds, pests and diseases.
- Soil structure matters when growing your plants
The perfect combination of soil types is needed to provide aeration, drainage and nutrients required. Soil conditioner is a fantastic way to give the right condition for your veggie friends. Soil conditioner is also useful for small and medium-sized pots where soil tends to sink and become dense. Bits of broken pots or rocks at the bottom of pots will also assist with drainage and leave your plant with a little bit of room to breathe.
- Give your plants the right protection
Your prize-veggies are going to be targeted by small creepy crawlies and sabotaged by annoying weeds. Complimentary plants can help deter pests and take up room that might be used by weeds. Growing flowers such as marigolds and nasturtiums will deter aphids, beetles and cabbage loopers, looking to attack any cabbages or tomatoes. In larger patches, decorative bark can be used to stop weed growth, and it makes your garden look good too.
- Don’t forget to feed your plants
Mixing fertiliser into the soil is a good way of making sure your new plants will get the best chance of becoming strong and healthy. Pelleted organic fertilisers provide a simple solution for increasing the soil’s nutrients ready for your young plants. If you think your plants need a boost then enriched topsoil is perfect for small veg patches and extremely easy to add, to give your crop the best chance grow.
At Plumbs’, we have a variety of composts and fertilisers available, simply visit the garden products on our website and add what you need to your next order. Thankfully, we’re more than just a milk delivery service!