Vegetables from the supermarket are so last week. Nowadays, it’s all about vitamin-rich, home-grown produce! From strawberries to tomatoes, salad and herbs – vegetables, fruit and berries never taste better than when they come from your own back garden. Freshly picked produce served straight on the table smells great and is rich in vitamins, plus it’s also guaranteed to be organic. With the right planters and a little bit of know-how, your first harvest is as good as certain!
Classics such as tomatoes, green salad leaves, carrots and radishes, various herbs and strawberries are perfect for beginners. They thrive without the need for any great expertise and they don’t require much space. If you have your own garden, you can always try growing larger and more demanding varieties such as pumpkin, courgette, potatoes or rhubarb.
If you want to be sure your harvest will be successful, it’s vital that you use the right planter. This decision should be based on the specific needs of each plant: do the fruit or vegetables you have chosen to grow need deep or shallower planters, pots or balcony boxes?
Tip: herbs kept on the windowsill in a self-watering FRESH HERBS herb pot will also sprout wonderfully. Caring for your plants is also made easier with the help of planters such as the CASA planter, complete with automatic watering system.
Whether you opt for a leafy salad with figs, a simple carrot salad or a hearty potato salad – home-grown vegetables not only make meals smell and taste even better than usual, but there are also a myriad of ways you can prepare and cook them. Herbs provide the all-important seasoning for any meal, while strawberries and co. can be mixed to whip up some delicious smoothies. And anything you don’t serve straight away on the plate or the table can always be preserved or conserved in the form of oils, pastes, chutneys or jams or be given away as a gift.
Our advice: just get going and enjoy yourself! With a little bit of effort and curiosity, your first harvest is sure to be a good one!
Other helpful tips and inspiration for gardening are also available in the EMSA Garden Blog.