Many types of fruit and vegetables can grow in Ireland. The most popular are soft fruits such as raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, apples, and of course our trusty potato. Growing your own fruit and vegetables does not have to be an expensive task. You can grow your own plants from only a few seeds, providing you with nutrient rich fruit, vegetables and herbs. Children will learn so much more by observing the growing process as it begins, from the seed.
This can be achieved anywhere. You may use your garden or if you have space, you could build a vegetable patch. You could also use pots placed on a patio or balcony or simply grow them inside near a sunny window or by a glass door. It’s important to have fun while growing your own plants and tasting the produce is the best part!
Seeds will need to be started indoors in a warm room and once sprouted they can be transplanted into pots until ready to set out, or they can be placed into a cold frame which is set on top of the garden bed. You can buy seeds in most garden centres and some shops and supermarkets. To find plants near where you live, click here!
Safety tip: Make sure not to handle your tomato plants too much and if doing so always wear gloves as they may cause irritation.
Phosphorus is needed to grow strong healthy root systems, and to promote vigorous flowering.
Potassium helps with plant growth, protein production, plant hardiness, disease resistance, insect resistance and efficient water use. Plants without enough potassium grow slowly and can have yellow leaves.
Nitrogen is the nutrient plants use most to grow large and lush - tall stems with lots of good leafy growth. Remember; less is more when it comes to fertilisers and watering. Just provide them with enough to moisten soil.
Reusing materials is great for the environment. You were only going to throw it away, so why not find a new use?
Grow some plant hair
Growing cress or mustard seeds from a potato or egg shell is a quick way of growing your own. Cress will grow within 5-10 days meaning you don’t have to wait long for results.
You will need:
1 fresh potato or egg
Paints or felt-tip pens
1 packet of cress seeds
2 balls of cotton wool
Step by step;
Cress or mustard seeds can also be grown in an egg shell so get cracking!