There are many benefits to growing your own herbs and veggies. You will not only love and enjoy the financial benefits of it, but as well as its great flavour and its nutritional value of something that you grow on your own. Who wouldn’t love juicy tomatoes and earthy potatoes on the barbie?

With the right knowledge, it can be easy to grow your own little garden. Even if you don’t have a big garden, If you live in the city with a very limited amount of garden space, you can always use planter boxes or create a homey indoor herb garden to grow your own fresh herbs and vegetables.

A Quick Guide to Companion Planting

When planting your own vegetables and herbs, it is extremely useful to understand the importance of companion planting. Some plants add nutrients back into the soil, while others take nutrients from the soil. If you add two plants that both take out nutrients, neither will succeed. Below is a chart to help guide you on which plants to place together and which ones should be placed further apart.

Plant

Good Companions

Bad Companions

Beans

Maize, Sunflowers, Lavender, Cabbage, Cucumber, Strawberries

Onion, Garlic, Fennel

Beetroot

Beans, Onions, Garlic, Lettuce, Cabbage

Broccoli, Cauliflower or Cabbage

Marigolds, Mint, Peas

Tomatoes, Peppers

Carrots

Lettuce, Chives, Leeks, Rosemary, Sage, Peas

Strawberries, Fennel, Cabbage

Lettuce

Carrots, Beetroot, Strawberries, Cucumber, Beans

Celery, Parsley

Onions or Garlic

Carrots, Beetroot, Strawberries,Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cabbage

Peas, Beans, Parsley, Leeks

Peas

Lavender, Carrot, Turnip, Radish, Cucumber, Maize, Beans

Onion, Garlic

Peppers

Tomatoes, Geranium, Basil, Carrot, Onion

Beans, Kale, Cabbage family

Potatoes

Coriander, Marigold, Beans, Maize, Cabbage family

Pumpkin, Cucumber, Squash, Melons, Sunflowers, Tomatoes

Spinach

Strawberries, Broad Beans, Peas

Tomatoes

Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Chives, Onions, Carrots, Celery, Geranium

Potatoes, Fennel, Cabbage family

HINT: Calendula and Marigold plant are a general pest deterrent, plant them throughout your garden.

How to Re-grow Fruits and Vegetables from Scraps

Did you know that the vegetables and fruits you’ve bought from the grocery stores or harvested from your own backyard can be re-grown? It’s a lot easier than you may think to regrow these assumed ‘food wastes’ on your own, from cuttings that you’d normally throw out as kitchen scraps.

Along with giving you the satisfaction of growing your own crop, you also get to cut down on your grocery expenses, as well as reduce the waste that piles up in your trash bins.

In order to get the most out of your crop, remember to provide the soil with the right nutrients or organic fertiliser (such as compost) for the best yield. Another way to ensure a healthy crop is by growing certain plants with others. Certain plants give nutrients back to the soil, while others need to take up nutrients. Plant aromas and flowers can attract pollinators or deter pests. So it’s important to understand which plants grow well together and which plants to keep separate.

For Leafy Vegetables or Herbs

You can re-grow vegetable leaves or herbs from the base of the stalk or from a base with roots using these simple steps:

  1. HYDRATE: Place the bottom part of the stalk or the roots in a bowl or jar of water.
  2. PLACE: Position in direct sunlight, keeping the water fresh every day.
  3. WAIT: New roots and leaves will start to grow after approximately five to seven days.
  4. TRANSFER: Transplant your baby veggie into garden soil to let it grow fully.
  5. ENJOY: Once it matures, you can enjoy your hard work by incorporating your fresh vegetables into your favourite recipes.

For Root Vegetables

For re-growing root vegetables, take the tops of parsnips, beets, and turnips or the roots of onions, ginger, or potatoes. For potatoes, you can also use the skin or peelings if there are eyes growing.

  1. HYDRATE: Take the scraps with the roots or tops of the vegetables and place them in a bowl or jar of water.
  2. PLANT: Place the vegetable into the soil with the sprouts facing upwards to allow the new shoots to grow towards the sunlight.
  3. PLACE: Position the pot in a sunny area and keep it well watered.
  4. WAIT: New shoots and roots will appear in a couple of weeks. Allow the roots to grow a few inches until they are ready for transplanting to your garden.
  5. TRANSFER: Transplant your root vegetables into garden soil to grow bigger and/or multiply.
  6. HARVEST: Unearth and clean your crops thoroughly before placing them in your pantry.
  7. ENJOY: Incorporate your pesticide-free veggies into your recipes, so you can enjoy them with your friends and family.

For Fruits

You can use the steps below to re-grow a number of different fruits from scraps. This includes scraps from tomatoes, bell peppers, lemons, peaches, and more.

  1. COLLECT: Take the seeds from the fruit scraps and wash them with clean water.
  2. DRY: Let the seeds naturally dry before planting them.
  3. PLANT: Place it in fertile potting soil.
  4. PLACE: Put your seedlings in a sunlit area.
  5. WATER: Keep the soil moist or water only when needed.
  6. TRANSFER: When seedlings sprout to a few inches tall, transport them to your garden bed.
  7. ENJOY: Eat your fresh fruits or incorporate them in salads or other recipes.
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