A Guide To Growing Your Own Veg! (One Of The Most Eco Friendly Things You Can Do!)

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This is a collaborative post.

If you want to live an eco-friendly life, there are many tactics you can use. However, without a doubt, one of the most effective is to take the time and grow your own veg. Or even mushrooms! Luckily, this s a topic you can find out all about in my post below. 

Why grow your own veg?

Apart from the obvious reasons such as vegetables you have grown yourself taste great and provide an environment in which wildlife can live, there are three other benefits to consider too.  

The first, of course, is that you will cut down on CO2 emissions as your food doesn’t need to travel by truck or plane to get to you. The second is that while growing your own, you can monitor and control any chemicals you use. Something that means you can steer clear of anything toxic for the wildlife and environment. 

Lastly, by growing your own food, you are providing effective education on food sustainability for the next generation. Something that should ensure that humans continue to reap the reward of this way of eating over the long term. 

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Step one 

The first step when growing vegetables is to create raised beds in your garden. In fact, doing so can make the entire process so much easier, as raised beds mean you won’t have to bend down so far to plant, tend, or harvest what you have grown. 

The good news is that it is entirely possible to build your own raised based. In fact, all you need to do is find a provider offering timber supplies, including planks. Then follow the simple instructions you will find in the video below. 

Step two 

Step two is all about deciding what vegetables to grow in your garden. A task that may not be as simple as you first thought. 

In fact, you need to consider a range of factors, including how much sunlight and shade your garden gets, and the soil type in your area. You even need to factor in the rainfall you can expect. Happily, there are plenty of folks like the person in the video below that have walked this road before you, meaning they are a great source of advice when you are making your decision. 

Step three

Step three is about tending and harvesting your crops. A topic you can get some more information about here. Step three is also a great stage to get the kids involved with. In fact, they often enjoy having their own areas of the veggie garden to tend and harvest when the time comes. 

Step four 

The last step when growing your own vegetables is that you rotate your crops. This means that you don’t produce the same thing in the same soil every year. The reason being that they will eventually use up all the specific nutrients needed by that plant, and this can negatively affect the health of your crop. 

With that in mind swapping over the types of vegetables in your beds can help, as can adding your own compost. A substance that you can make from garden cut-offs and other organic waste, something that makes it an appropriate eco-friendly option as well! 

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