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Grow Your Own Food

Have you ever considered growing your own vegetables, fruit trees or herb garden? You may not be sure where to start. Tus maith leat na oibre – a good start is half the battle. So invest time in planning your exactly what you want to grow. How much time do you have to spend in your garden? How much space can you devote to the project? If you only have a small space then perhaps creating a container garden is the way to go.

You are better off starting with a relatively small raised garden bed. Simply map out on paper what you plan to grow. At Johnstown you will be able to choose from a wide variety of Vegetable Seeds from asparagus to beetroot and from carrots to lettuce. You may decide to also grow your own fruit trees. We have a wide variety of dwarf apple trees including Red Devil, Beauty of Bath, Christmas Pippin and Red Windsor. Other people will prefer to keep it simple and grow fruit bushes such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and even gooseberries.

First time gardeners now have the option of reading Grow Your Own online gardening blogs for tips and advice. It pays to read up on how to get the most from your own vegetable & fruit garden. There are a number of useful instructional gardening DVD such as “How to Grow Fruit” and “How to Garden Organically” both by Tom Petherick. We can also recommend “From the Ground Up – How Ireland is Growing it’s Own” by Fionnuala Fallon and Richard Johnston. One of world’s best selling books on growing vegetables and herbs is “The Vegetabel & Herb Expert” by Dr D.G.Hessayon which is available at Johnstown. It provides advice on the following: How to get started, Where to grow your vegetables, How to choose the right types and varieties, The best way to look after your vegetable plants and How to deal with pests and diseases.

Finally, it is important to plan for crop rotation so during your planning phase divide the vegetable plot into for instance three zones in Year 1 – a) roots such as carrots, onions & beetroot, b) brassicas such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage & turnip and c) others such as aubergines, beans, leeks, sweet corn and tomatoes. In Year 2 you would rotate the plots so that the soil is used for a different variety and in Year 3 you would rotate once again. By the fourth year you would end up back where you started in Year 1.

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