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Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

The magic of growing your own vegetables!

Village Gardens can assist you with your vegetable gardens.

Village Gardens is now the Smile 90.4fm’s local garden guru.

Listen to some of our clips for some expert advice.

Spring is such a great opportunity to grow your vegetables from seed, and it’s cheaper than buying plug plants!

First, decide what vegetables you want to grow and enjoy eating. Easy summer crops include beans, squash, beetroot, Swiss chard, sweet corn, herbs, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and radish. Spring cabbage and spinach can be sown now for harvesting next spring.

Fill plastic seed trays with potting compost then add 2 seeds to each compartment. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of potting soil and add a little water. Wrap a clear plastic bag over the tray and leave on a window sill or in a light, warm spot ( a sheltered, sunny patio is ideal). The plastic bag will keep the soil moist and warm – great for germinating seeds! Most seeds take between 6 to 8 weeks to germinate.

If both seeds germinate, once the seedlings are about 3cm tall, pick out the weakest one. Check the soil every few days to make sure it’s not dry. About ten days later remove the bag and rotate the tray regularly, keeping it in the light. When the seedlings have at least 6 leaves transplant outdoors in your prepared vegetable patch.

Home grown vegetables? What could be better or tastier!

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