How to grow your own veggies when you’re a crap gardener
Posted May 02 2013 12:22am
I so love the idea of growing my own veggies. I have a big backyard by Melbourne standards and even a vacant garden bed left by the previous owners. I have a garden shed full of tools and a bookshelf full of books explaining how it’s done. But do you think I can keep even parsley alive? No sir, no I can’t.
I had these grand ideas about being on maternity leave with Eddie and the loads of free time I’d have to potter around in the garden while my angelic child watched on quietly in a cute little sun hat. Tending to my flourishing garden beds and picking fresh veg to serve up for dinner. That divine scene hasn’t quite played out as yet but I hold on to hope.
There was a little snippet in the Age the other day about a product you can get that helps you grow mushrooms at home and it got me to thinking about what other helpful things are on the market for people like me who are a bit hopeless in the garden but want not to be.
The Little Veggie Patch Co do apple crates that you can buy at various stages of veggie-readiness and have them delivered to your home. They have a book too covering all the nitty gritty soil, climate, watering, composting, worm farms, saving and sowing seeds, and raised garden beds and crates. But really, if you choose one of the planted crates it’s a little bit fool proof.
Fungi Culture a nifty little box, a 4 step process and a little bit of water and voila! Pearl oyster mushrooms aplenty. Interesting fact – Pearl oyster mushrooms are way more sustainable than the regular button mushrooms that you buy in the supermarket. They grown on locally sourced, renewable wheat straw while buttons grown in non-renewable peat sourced from Europe.
Windowfarms home grown in Brooklyn, NY these vertical, window-side planters are wonderful options for those of us with limited outdoor space or who live in super-chilly climates. You can grow anything apart form root vegetables and they run on a self-watering, automated system that is near impossible to stuff up. While they don’t ship outside of the US just yet, they’re working on it so watch this space.
AeroGarden ooooh, this one’s dirt-free. Nice if you’re not into getting your hands dirty and want a compact little garden that’ll sit pretty much anywhere. No mess, no fuss.
GreenSmart Pots offer a whole bunch of benefits to would be gardeners like me. Things like no weeding and a water level indicator to take the guesswork out of giving your veg a drink. These Aussie made pots come in small and large size and a few different colours too.
How are your gardening skills? Got any tips for a struggler like me?