Spring is in the air, and at this time of year our customers often have a focus on planting their own vegetables at home, using vegetable boxes. You just can’t beet (yes, it’s a deliberately terrible growing pun!) the feeling of reaping your own harvest !
It’s not just the taste of eating delicious home-grown produce that appeals, nor the potential financial savings given the growing cost of supermarket tomatoes, peas, capsicum, lettuce and many other vegetables.
With home-grown foods, you know exactly what’s gone into the growing of your produce and can take satisfaction from eating vegetables and grains that you’ve carefully nurtured yourself, without the use of pesticides and sprays.
Low Levels of Organic Matter in Kapiti Soils
One of the few down-sides of coastal living, can be the presence of low levels of organic matter in your garden. Much of the native soil found here on the Kapiti Coast is soiled (once again: pun intended) with a significant quantity of sand, blown in from the Tasman Sea.
So with much sub-standard soil, due to the permeation of sand, how exactly can you best achieve your self-sustaining garden paradise?
Solution – Vegetable Boxes!
It’s a common misconception that vegetables don’t grow well in containers.
In fact, in a climate such as ours in Kapiti, the right approach and addition of growing mediums can yield better results than persevering with often poor quality native soils.
Using vegetable boxes also allows you to manage the delivery of water to your plants in a controlled fashion: no more over-watering, causing rotten plants. Use soil covers during persistently rainy periods, to protect your precious plants from drowning, and deliver water as needed during the dry periods.
You can even apply some extra cleverness by using grow boxes that utilise reservoir systems, ensuring constantly watered soils to just the right moisture levels.
So How Exactly Do I Go About Getting The Best Results?
We’re glad you asked.
The most common mistake we see made is using the wrong composition of growing materials. If you attempt to grow vegetables using only our Lawn & Garden Compost Mix or our Organic Compost, you’ve got your ratios wrong and are doomed to failure.
We recommend using a 60/40 split between our Value Mix as a base soil, mixed with either our Lawn & Garden Compost Mix or Organic Compost for best results. Mix together well and if you need a top up in the future, just add in a little more of the organic matter.
Vegetables are quite big feeders, especially tomatoes and peas, so you should also ensure to add some fertiliser, seaweed or dolomite (some of our customers swear by sheep pellets or blood and bone as a growing aid).
If you’re unsure, it’s best to use a crop specific fertiliser. Simply look for marked bags at the main retailers such as Bunnings or Mitre 10.
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