Growing your own fruit and vegetables

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Are you tired of going to the supermarket for your fresh groceries? Why not try growing your fruit and vegetables in your own garden? Some people are put off by the long hours in the garden which can lead people to give up – however, premium seeds retails, Suttons, aims to guide you on how you can easily grow your own produce and then how you can incorporate them into some fresh, healthy meals.

Blackberries

As an old-time British classic, the blackberry is relatively low maintenance to grow. Once they are planted, and you train the stem to wires, they are easy to harvest. They don’t require much sunlight or attention. Once grown, they go perfect with overnight breakfast porridge. To make this sweet but nutritional breakfast, take rolled oats and pour either coconut soy milk or usual soy milk over the top of them (only enough to soak them). Mix your blackberries in and then leave it overnight to chill in the fridge. When you take it out in the morning, it’ll be a creamy texture perfect for a fresh spring day.

Spring Onions and Radishes

Ideally, these vegetables grow in plenty of sunlight, so wait until the end of spring before you start planting your seeds. These two vegetables can be grown either in a pot in the garden, or you can sow them straight into the ground as we lead into the warmer summer weather – remember to position them with plenty exposure to sunlight. Both are ideal within a fresh, flavorsome salad; the spring onion provides a sharp, sweet crunch – whereas the radish can add a natural pepperiness to the dish.

Goji Berries

Just because the goji berry is exotic, doesn’t mean it needs exotic conditions to grow well. In fact, these berries can grow perfectly fine in a British climate. They are surprisingly tough as a shrub and can grow in windy coastal areas, but make sure they’re exposed to plenty of sun as spring moves into the summer months. The fruit is extremely juicy and are rich in nutrients. Mix in a blender on a morning with other fruits and natural yoghurt to make a superfood smoothie to help you face the day every day. Or alternatively, use the fruit as a topping for your morning cereal to give it an exotic twist.

Potatoes

As a staple ingredient to most of the dishes that we eat, the potato is part of the carbohydrates group, which we require for energy. And even better, it is a great vegetable that you can grow during spring. The growing process is also fun: plant your seeds in a potato bag and as the green shoots start to sprout, cover them again with compost. Keep doing this until your potato bag is full, and then you can start watering them. Wait around 10 to 20 weeks until the foliage begins to go yellow, and then tip your bag upside down to see all of the potatoes that you’ve managed to grow!

Peas

Peas don’t require much sunlight to grow. In fact, they sprout well in cooler weather making them a hassle-free vegetable to grow. Springtime, around the beginning in March, is always a good time to start growing them. Remember, once you’ve planted the seeds, the peas need support from the stems; some plant supports that you could use are chicken wire or other netting between supports at the end of each row. Peas taste even better straight from the ground, and you can use them as part of a green vegetable medley – or alongside a lean meat to finish off a dish. The best thing about them is that the more you pick – the more they produce!