Our future lies in sustainability! Shopping locally and regionally, cycling more, and avoiding plastic as much as possible is a great start! If you have the opportunity to go one step further, you grow your own fruit and vegetables!
Whether in the allotment garden, in front of the house, or on the balcony – growing it yourself is a trend! We give you helpful tips and tricks on how to turn your garden into a healthy gourmet oasis.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s in the city or in the country – we love its delicious
Allotment gardens are particularly popular among young people. The old dusty touch that the plants had just a few years ago has been wiped away and is now recognized for what they are: a sustainable trend. Because people in the city in particular lack space and opportunities to grow fruit and vegetables or even a plant larger than a pansy at home. That’s why they rent a small but nice garden in which they can escape the city and become “small farmers”. But even those who are already lucky enough to live in the country and have a garden right in front of their house are now increasingly discovering fruit and vegetable cultivation in addition to flower beds.
You can do this even without a green thumb
You don’t necessarily need a green thumb to grow fruit and vegetables, you just need the right technique. Don’t make it too difficult for yourself, especially at the beginning. Start with vegetables and fruit that are easy to grow. You’ll always make it to the pro later. Vegetables such as pumpkin, potatoes, lettuce, and tomatoes are best suited for beginners. When it comes to fruit, you can rely on raspberries and strawberries.
What to look out for:
- In the right soil – you should give it the right nutrients as early as spring when the soil is still frosty. It is best to use ecological fertilizer, which you only use on the top layer of soil at a depth of 10 to 15 centimeters. In this case, your vegetables can be perfectly supplied with nutrients.
- Pay attention to the season – you can plant potatoes as early as February. The cold doesn’t bother them. A month later it’s already carrots, spinach, and radishes. In mid-May, when the frostbite among the vegetables has survived the cold, you can plant cucumbers or pumpkins.
- Keep your distance – it doesn’t take much to be able to watch pumpkins grow, for example. Plenty of fertilizer and a lot of distance, at least one meter, and there are pumpkins without end.
- Tomatoes and potatoes suitable for the balcony: Don’t forget the rain protection with tomatoes! Because otherwise, they rot away. Tomatoes are therefore particularly suitable for growing on the balcony. Potatoes are also ideal for growing on balconies. With special potato tubs, cultivation is possible in the smallest of spaces.
- Plant sweets on the balcony: so-called sweets such as raspberries and strawberries are also ideal for sowing in flower boxes on the balcony. The following applies to raspberries that you only sow in autumn: You have to wait longer for a yield, but the fruits are pest-free.
If you follow these tips and do some research beforehand, nothing can go wrong with growing your own fruit and vegetables. However, if you are still unsure about what to grow and how, or you simply do not have a balcony or the option of an allotment garden – then here is another tip for people in the city. “Urban Gardening” not only brings people together but also makes the cityscape greener and more beautiful. This is the communal use of small gardens or green spaces in a small space in the middle of the city. You take care of the planted together and harvest it together. Incidentally, just 8 square meters can provide a two-man household with delicious fruit and vegetables for a year.
Try it out right now!