10 easy to grow vegetables to help save money and reduce the use of plastic

As Spring is nearing it’s the perfect time to start growing vegetables. Whether you need a little project to keep you sane during lockdown or want to help reduce your plastic use and grow fresh vegetables, below I will provide a list of low maintenance vegetables to get you started.

Onions

Onions take 15 – 20 days to germinate. Sow 1cm into the soil with 5cm spacing. They should be harvested once the leaves are dead.

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Tomatoes

Germination takes between 8 – 14 days. Plant 1cm into the soil with 60cm spacing. Best suited for cultivation outdoors, preferably in a greenhouse.

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Cucumber

Cucumbers take 6 – 25 days to germinate. Plant 0.5cm into the soil with 30cm spacing. The habitat should be warm and sheltered from the wind. Also, supporting the stem upwards can help the plant grow upward rather than growing sideways onto the ground.

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Chilli

Germination usually appears between 7 – 21 days. Ideal temperature stands between 15 – 20 Celsius. Sow indoors between February and April, plant outdoors from May or June. Typically, plants should be separate 40cm apart.

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Potatoes

If you have old potatoes with eyes starting to grow then these are perfect for planting. If you half the old potatoes and plant into a deep container to ensure enough room for the potatoes to grow. As the flowers on the leaves begin to die, this is the perfect time to harvest.

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Radish

Sow outdoors from February to September roughly 25cm apart. Usually good to harvest every 2 – 3 weeks. For continuous yield keep planting after every harvest as the soil is already ideal.

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Lettuce

Sow outdoors between March to August with 25 cm spacing. Early sowing will benefit from cloche protection in cold weather.

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Beetroot

With 10cm spacing, sow outdoors between March and July. Sow to crop typically takes 12 weeks before harvesting.

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Carrots

Germination takes between 18 – 24 days. Make sure to not plant into soil with fresh farmyard manure as this attracts carrot flies. Plant 6cm apart and harvest 2 months later.

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Sweetcorn

Sow from April to June and the corn should be ready to harvest from July to October. You can sow indoors from April to May in soil 2.5cm deep. Best grown in warm, sheltered and sunny positions protected from strong winds.

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