The French word for a kitchen garden is potage. To make sure your potage garden thrives and brings you the best yield, start making plans now. Growing your own fruit and vegs is satisfying, real fun to do and delicious. All year round, there’s plenty of work to do in your kitchen garden. Sow, harvest, prepare, cut and taste popular and unknown vegetables. Trowbridge Garden Centre offers a wide range of veg seeds to sow in your kitchen garden. We offer various vegetables to plant in your kitchen garden. Visit our garden centre in Trowbridge-Wiltshire and discover our range of seeds.
What to sow in March UK
The kitchen garden season starts off in March. Although the chance of frost is not completely over yet, the ground starts to warm up again and the days become longer. If you plan to start growing your own vegs and fruit, begin in March. Trowbridge Garden Centre in Trowbridge-Wiltshire shows you all the seeds you can sow early in the year. Plan your kitchen garden up front and enjoy a successful harvest throughout the year. Early spring is an ideal time to begin creating your vegetable garden. Decide the size of your plot, don not overthink, start small and expand later. Here’s an overview of what to sow in March:
How to grow vegetables
There are many ways to grow vegetables in your garden. If you are privileged with a large outdoor area, a traditional kitchen garden is the most fun way to grow your own fresh vegs. If you have a balcony, terrace or a small patio, growing vegs in containers is the best solution. We show you how you can grow delicious and are easy to grow vegs in both direct soil and pots and containers. If you have a small garden or balcony, but you want to try to grow your own vegs, find this list of herbs for containers.
- Choose a sunny, open spot that gets the morning sun
- Protect your site from the wind.
- Enrich the soil with compost and organic matter first.
Most important to keep in mind when you start a kitchen garden, is that you grow what you like. Your favourite edibles are much more fun to grow than varieties you do not fancy.
How to grow courgettes
Courgettes, or zucchini’s, are one of those vegs that are very prolific. The robust and bushy courgette plant needs a lot of space. There are compact types as well, those are ideal for containers. If you don’t have too much space, choose trailing types. These courgette varieties can be grown on a trellis or wire mesh. Courgettes are mostly known for the green ones, although yellow species, round fruits and even striped courgettes appear to become more popular now. If you want to grow courgettes, here’s the formula to success:
- Start growing courgettes in April when the last chance of frost is over (otherwise, start indoors)
- Mix the soil with multi-purpose compost since courgettes are hungry feeders.
- Place the seeds about 1 cm deep and 60 cm apart. Cover the seedling with a clear jar to create a greenhouse effect.
- Keep the plant well-watered and add a layer of mulch to help lock in soil moisture for longer.
- From July to October, you can harvest self-grown courgettes from your own kitchen garden.
Organic kitchen garden
Do you want to grow fresh products in an organic way? You can take several steps to switch to an organic way of growing. Reduce the use of chemical products and think of organic compost, fertilizers and pesticides. If you want to figure out more about organic gardening, read our article with tips for a thriving non-toxic garden. Trowbridge Garden Centre wants to contribute to a better gardening environment. We offer peat-free compost, organic pesticides like nematodes and many more non-toxic methods to keep your vegs thriving. Ask our staff members for more advice on sustainable gardening. We look forward to welcoming you to our garden centre in Trowbridge-Wiltshire.