Just before the country went into lockdown at the end of March; my partner and I bought a selection of various seeds from the garden centre. This was to keep us both entertained and outside in the fresh air during lockdown.
We bought potato seeds, french beans, dwarf beans, peppers, lettuce and celeriac.
Here is How to Sow Seeds in 10 Easy Steps!
- Collect or buy seeds.
- Find some trays or pots.
- Fill the seed trays with seed compost (seed starting potting mix).
- Moisten the surface of the compost.
- Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the compost.
- Cover the seed tray to keep it dark and moist and place the seed tray in a warm place.
- Uncover the seedlings once they germinate (sprout).
- Transplant the seedlings into smaller, individual pots to give them room.
- Keep transplanted seedlings in the shade.
- Plant them out into the ground (or wherever you want the plant to live) and enjoy!
I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of growing our own vegetables and the taste is out of this world. From a health perspective you cannot get any better than your own home grown. You know exactly what has gone into them and they have not been sprayed with any chemicals.
Gardening is in the blood for my partner and I. His dad was a keen gardener and so was mine. My uncle had a very successful market garden and he could revive any plant from the brink of death.
If you don’t have a garden you can always grow vegetables and herbs in tubs on a balcony or even on your windowsill.
Gardening can really help with mental health as well. When I am feeling depressed I love to get out in the garden and do something both rewarding and creative.
Reduce depression, anxiety and stress-related symptoms
Alleviate the symptoms of dementia, such as aggressive behaviour
Increase the ability to concentrate and engage
Reduce reliance on medication, self-harming behaviour
Mental Health Review Journal, 2013: ‘A review of gardening-based interventions for people experiencing mental health difficulties reported that benefits include a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety and an increase in attentional capacity and self-esteem. Key benefits include emotional benefits such as reduced stress and improved mood.’
This has been a challenging time for everyone and health is now even more important as we move into the winter months.
There are all sorts of things you could do with your vegetables as we move away from the summer. You could even make your own chutneys and store them in the cupboard for those cold winter nights.
Whatever route you choose to follow I wish you every joy and happiness as you cultivate your own produce. Or if you have already spent the summer growing your own then please do share these with me as I would love to see them?