A Guide for Growing Your Own Veggies

Eating local doesn’t get any closer than your own backyard!

There’s nothing more delicious than a summer meal made from sun ripened vegetables and herbs from your own Port Elgin or Southampton garden. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about growing your own veggies this year:

  1. Small & Sunny – Start with a small area if it’s your first year. Make sure it’s a sunny spot and if you’re really short on space, use pots or window boxes.
  2. Planned Planting – Plan your garden according to your family size. Food prices are on the rise so it makes cents to grow produce that’s expensive to purchase at the store.
  3. Go Organic – Growing your own produce is the best way to ensure your vegetables aren’t full of chemicals. It’s also less expensive, more convenient and very rewarding.
  4. Succession Success – If you stagger planting times for a single crop or plant a different crop after one has harvested, you’ll enjoy a continuous supply of fresh vegetables throughout the season.
  5. Child’s Play – Gardening with your kids is a fun learning experience that will inspire them to try new veggies. Pumpkins are great as they can decorate their very own jack-o-lantern at Halloween!

Not only is gardening cost effective and fun but it’s also an excellent stress reliever. Your local nursery will have a variety of seeds, plants and other tools to help you get started. If this is your first year gardening, make sure you keep notes on which vegetables do well so you can plan ahead for next year.