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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Grow your own vegetables - Gardening at home

Plant and Vegetable grow bags
This is a little piece about one of my favourite hobbies, gardening. I enjoy growing things and the anticipation of seeing the results of my hard work come to fruition. In the past, I have successfully grown a garden full of potatoes, spinach, onion and a few other things.

While out and about a few weeks ago, I came across some vegetable grow bags, which is the main focus of this article. You can also buy plant grow bags for flowers and other plants for decorating your home and garden.

The Grow Me! seed bags are similar to the brown paper bags you get when you buy things in a coffee shop. They contain a number of seeds, which are easy and fun to grow. So, even if you have a small garden, window-sill, lawn, patio tubs, planters, containers, a flat or backyard you can have a go at growing some lovely and fresh vegetables in no time at all. It's easy and you also have instructions telling you what you have to do.

While I was choosing my grow bags, I came across a woman who was browsing and we got talking. She was giving me instructions on how to pickle my beetroot with vinegar, once I had successfully grown them.

These grow bags are also an excellent way to introduce children to gardening and nature, helping them to appreciate how things grow and seeing the fruits of their hard work....So exciting for them.

I bought three of these grow bags, which were:

Beetroot - I love beetroot. In the bag you have 4 plants pots, instructions on how to plant them, some compost and about 100 seeds, which is more than enough for you to attempt at growing your own fresh and tasty vegetables. According to the packaging, these are easy to grow. 

You can use beetroot to add colour to salads and soups. Boiled or pickled, they are sliced or diced to accompany lettuce, tomato, and radishes for any typical British style salad.

Beetroot vegetable grow bag with pots, seeds, 
compost and instructions

Carrot - I have always wanted to grow some carrots. Carrots can be eaten raw, cut into sticks for snacking, can be shredded into a salad, sliced for stews and casseroles or boiled and eaten along with a wholesome meal or you can throw them in a blender or juicer and make a nice nutritious drink. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene, calcium and a number of nutrients for health and vitality.

In this grow bag you have the early Nantes variety of carrots. The bag again contains all the things you need to successfully grow your own carrots. It comes with 400 seeds, 4 plant pots, instructions, and compost. There are other varieties of carrots that you can buy.

Vegetable grow bags - Carrots, beetroot and lettuce

Lettuce - I love fresh lettuce with beetroot. In this bag you get 500 lettuce seeds, 4 plant pots, instructions and compost to successfully grow your own succulent lettuce. The dark green leaves of lettuce are a good source of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A and have a high water content.

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