This from Guy Barter, the RHS Chief Horticulturist:
"It’s clear that people are keen to reconnect with where their food comes from. We’re supporting this burgeoning interest by encouraging people, groups, societies, garden centres, nurseries and other organisations to showcase their edible expertise, and highlight all things grow-your-own.
Check out some of these ideas at https://www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/national-gardening-week
Here at Vegepod we’re certainly doing our bit to help all things grow-your-own. The recent warm dry spell will have presented no challenges for our happy customers, since the self-watering reservoir integrated into our pods will have kept everything nice and moist, and of course the included plug-and-go irrigation system almost instantly enables a top up as necessary.
With the days getting longer and the temperatures rising, this is the perfect time to get sowing and planting your veggies. Last time we suggested crops like peas, salads and carrots. Whilst it’s still not too late to start those, several more tasty crops can now be added to the list. In particular, all the so-called ‘cucurbit family’ – outdoor (or ridge) cucumbers, courgettes, butternut squash, pumpkins, etc will get off to a flying start if sown right now in your Vegepod.
Remember, night time temperatures can still be really low, but we have you covered with the canopy. This will keep the temperature slightly higher to keep your veggies cosy, and they may germinate in as little as 7 days! Either grow on in your pod or transplant after several weeks into a larger space to further increase your harvest – these plants can grow to quite a size if well fed and watered. A particular favourite of ours is the Turk’s Turban squash – as well as being more than tasty they look absolutely fabulous – check out this picture: