Have you ever planted your own veggie garden?

We have had several through the years. We moved around quite a bit in the first part of our marriage, so we had to restart the process a few times.

The best veggie garden we had was next to a farm house we rented – it was a 20m long raised bed {waist high} with fallow ground. We harvested so many veggies that year that we were able to give lots away and freeze some for the winter. We also had a wide variety of plants in: various types of frilly lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach {winner – high yield plant}, onions, butternut squash, cabbages, cauliflowers, mielies {not sweetcorn}, carrots, potatoes, gooseberries and even a watermelon.

The smallest garden we had was in our tiny kitchen windowsill. We planted and harvested parsley, celery, frilly lettuce, green pepper, rosemary, mint and thyme. I really didn’t think such a small garden would produce anything worthwhile, but so many evenings I was able to harvest a handful of something super-fresh for our supper.

Harvesting your own food for your table is one of the best feelings in the world. Not only are you saving money, eating healthier and doing your bit for the environment, but gardening is also a deeply therapeutic hobby for those of us stuck behind a computer screen all day. The evening veggie garden watering-can patrol is a calming, satisfying ritual at the end of a long work day.

Currently, we are living in an apartment complex. We do actually have a bit of garden space, but it is basically communal and on a busy street, so I have felt demotivated about gardening the last two years.

The 2014 Veggie Garden Challenge

We are setting ourselves the challenge of starting new veggie gardens this year, and we would like you to join us! Whether you have only have a windowsill or if you are blessed with a big backyard, We want to challenge you to plant something for your kitchen in 2014.

The best time to start a garden in South Africa is late July or August – if you can have seeds or seedlings in the ground by the time spring comes, your veggies will be ready for the summer season.

We have 3 months to prepare and collect the things we will need. Are you with me? 🙂

PS. I have set up a few boards on Pinterest with awesome gardening tips and ideas for any space, take a look {below}.

{The image used with this post is from Pinterest, see my board above for the original pin.}.