How to start growing your own vegetables this weekend (even if you don’t have ‘green fingers’)

Want to have your own flourishing vegetable garden but not sure where to begin? This episode is for you! 

We speak with the best vegetable gardener in the southern hemisphere (nominated by me), my mum! 

I used to think I didn’t have green fingers. After killing multiple indoor plants and failing to grow a vegetable garden, I gave up on gardening. 

But thank goodness I tried again because over the last four years, I have become the very proud owner of a very prolific vegetable garden that has not only brought me so much joy but also saves me a lot of money and is now helping me teach my 1 year old where her food comes from. 

Hopefully by hearing my story about how I have failed in this in the past, you will see that there is no such thing as being born with the natural knowledge of how to grow food. 

You just need to know a few fundamentals, and when you know these, growing your own food can be really easy.

I’m excited to spread the veggie-growing love by helping you start your own vegetable garden! 

Mum has a wealth of knowledge with over 40 years of gardening experience and a vegetable garden bigger than my house section!

We’ll cover everything you need to know to get started this weekend

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How to choose a good place to grow (and this could be a pot on your balcony or windowsill)
  • How to know if you have good soil, and how to fix it if you don’t
  • How to choose seeds vs little plants
  • What grows at different times of the year
  • How much time you need to dedicate to growing food (spoiler- I disagreed with Mum over this!)
  • And how to troubleshoot problems.

Links, resources and additional information: 

  • For those based in the Northern Hemisphere, April is a great time to plant your warm season crops, such as leafy greens, tomatoes, strawberries, carrots, squashes, zucchini, cucumber, peppers, eggplant, almost all herbs and more. 
  • If you live in the southern hemisphere, April a great time to plant crops that like cooler weather such as leafy greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and many herbs. 
  • I recommend looking online for a growing guide for what to plant when in your city/state/area. I use this one for Auckland, NZ:

This episode is for you if: 

  • You have attempted and failed a veggie garden in the past (trust me, you can make it work)
  • You are new to gardening and want to learn where to start
  • You are looking for a refresh, or tip and tricks from a garden pro (my mum!), on how to sustain a thriving vegetable garden
  • You want to save money growing your own produce