DIY Veggie Garden Tips
Updated: Jun 18
Did you know that if we want to keep global warming under 2°C by 2050, the recommended carbon footprint for each one of us is 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide. However, the average Australian has a carbon footprint of 15 tonnes. Do you see the problem here? As global citizens, we need to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and this can begin by taking small initiatives in our own homes. One of these initiatives is starting a veggie garden. To help you get started, I’m going to go through a few simple tips for starting your own veggie garden:
1. Ease Your Way In
After reading this blog post, you might be super motivated to get your hands dirty and sew hundreds of seeds in your backyard. However, this might not be the greatest move. Start off small; plant a few herbs, or a tomato plant, and build your garden up from there. Take time to learn and expand your knowledge with each season. This way you won’t feel too overwhelmed and immediately lose motivation.
2. Pick Productive Plants
Select a small range of plants that are both good producers, and likely to thrive in your area's climate. Seeing results in your garden will help keep you motivated, and give you the experience you need for growing more difficult produce. Some productive vegetables for beginners include: tomatoes, zucchini and snow peas. However, if you want to start off even smaller, herbs like mint, coriander and parsley are a good way to go.
3. Take Precautionary Steps
Before you completely launch into your veggie garden, it’s a good idea to take a few precautionary steps to save you work in the long run. Stick copper tape around the body of your garden to prevent snails from munching on your plants. Mulch your garden with bark or wood chips, to smother out any potential weeds that might grow.
4. Stay Motivated
Make sure to embrace the learning process and experiment with new produce! Borrow some gardening magazines or books from the library, subscribe to a gardening blog, or simply watch a few gardening clips on youtube. The main goal is to stay invested in your garden and expand your knowledge. After a bit of research, don’t hesitate to experiment with rare and obscure plants, (e.g. cardoon and celeriac), as this might be a fun way to challenge yourself.
Apart from reducing your carbon footprint, there are a lot of other environmental benefits that come from starting a veggie garden. So, I hope these tips were helpful, and that this weekend you’re motivated to pick up a spade and start a veggie garden of your own!