Home Grown Vegetables
Over the past number of years there has been a resurgence of interest in growing vegetables at home. Three of the main advantages of growing your own vegetables are:
You can harvest at the peak of tenderness and flavour.
You can serve vegetables within an hour or two of picking, which is a whole new experience in taste and flavour, and,
You can sow top quality ordinary vegetables which may not be grown commercially and may not be readily available in shops.
Most of the basic methods of sowing vegetables have been with us for hundreds of years, but time does not stand still. There has been a variety of important developments in what is available to grow, with specially bred baby vegetables, tomatoes in pots and hanging baskets, the use of raised beds and even growing vegetables in flower beds. Gone is the idea that growing vegetables means a large areas of ground and long rows of plants.
It is our intention to post on this website what we consider to be the necessary information for the amateur gardener or hobbyist to grow his or her own vegetables. The information provided here is gathered from experience of local Castlebridge growers and is offered only as a guide, not set in stone, and is designed to make growing vegetables easy and fun for the young and old, and we would love to see the fruits of your labours on exhibit at our annual Show.
We propose to publish this information on a monthly basis, so the necessary info for June will be available at the end of May etc. As we are already in May, we shall begin with what to sow in May. Over the coming months we will cover seeds, crop rotation, digging, manuring, liming, preparing the seed bed, sewing seeds indoors and outdoors. If anyone wishes to post a question or a query on our website we will be glad to try and answer.