A vegetable garden can be the perfect addition to your landscape. By growing your veg organically you can be ensured healthy produce and still get the satisfaction of eating from your own yield, so why not grow your organic veg in organic topsoil?
Do you have a designated area ready? We recommend somewhere in your garden that has as much sun light as possible with a fence or wall close by to protect vines and fruits, such as tomatoes, from winds. Prepare the area by digging out any clay or heavy soil - as some vegetables grow underground the soil will need to be easy to work with and have the room to let root vegetables grow. If you are using your existing soil you can add lots of different things to improve the soil nutrition and struction, we suggest:
Organic Compost - screened rich, black organic compost that's well rotted and packed full of nutrients (we suggest that you mix this in 50:50 ratio to your soil - more if it's particularly bad)
Composted Mulch Fines - well rotted bark fines added to poor soil will help with drainage and will continue to rot down over time, we suggest to do this in the Winter time to prepare your veg plot for Spring.
Wintermix / Summermix Compost - a mix of mushroom compost and organic compost with a lower pH, a super rich mix - we suggest adding this to your soil in advance so that it can break down and work it's magic. In the Winter the mix has slightly more mushroom compost added to keep borders and plots warm whilst slowly releasing nutrients and in the Summer it will retain moisture keeping your soil lush even in dry conditions.
If you are growing your vegetables in a raised bed or planter you should add some drainage gravel or horticultural grit to the bottom. If you plan to sow carrot seeds then add sand to your topsoil as carrots and similar veggies need a loose structure in order to grow down properly, and straight!
Once you have established the area you are using, i.e. veg plot, greenhouse, raised bed, grow bags or planters you need to add your topsoil.
For this we recommend you use Dandy’s very own VegeGrow Topsoil, which is packed full of nutrients and perfect for growing all kinds of vegetables and fruits. This is a complete topsoil mix so you will not need to add anything else to get yourself started. We always suggest that you add organic matter in the form or compost, biochar or mulch after every yield. Whether that's once a year or every 6 months your veggies will thank you for it and you'll always be the envy of your neighbours.
After laying down your VegeGrow you’ll need to buy your seeds or bulbs. Make sure that you plant the seeds within the correct season, this will be specified on the packet as well as the depth they will need to be placed, also you must plant them well spaced out and within a good amount of sunlight.
Make sure seeds are covered by the soil and give them plenty of water (especially throughout their first few weeks of growth) this is vital.
As the crops progress continue to provide them with water regularly, make sure you remove any areas of the plant that have died, this will then allow the plant to regrow.
Also remove any weeds that may have grown within your vegetable patch, in order to prevent any further weed growth you could try Dandy’s Anti-Weed Membrane Fabric which will cover your beds and borders in a protective layer of porous material which also allows for easy drainage.
To keep your whole area tidy and free from weeds we suggest that you add some Hardwood Chips to the paths and in between different veg and fruit areas.
When the time comes and you have grown your veg, remove the fruits and dispose of the plant (the remains of your plants could be used to build your very own compost pile), however if you find any seeds that may be used then you should definitely keep them… saves you buying anymore next time!
Now all you have to do is enjoy the great tasting veg that you’ve grown!