7 top tips for growing your own veg

Have you ever thought about trying to grow some vegetables in your garden? You honestly don’t need to be an expert gardener, have ever watched a gardening programme or read a gardening book! You don’t need raised beds or any fancy equipment.

Here’s our 7 top tips for growing your own veg:

SaucepanKids growing their own tomatoes

  1. Decide what you want to grow, it’s always a good idea to grow veg that you actually like and will eat
  2. Buy a packet of seeds (or plug plants for a cheeky head start)
  3. Check that they can be planted outside or do they need to be planted inside (technical term for this is propagation!)
  4. Check on the back of the seeds to see when is the best time of year to plant them
  5. Just dig over some soil, remove any stones and weeds (worth bribing the kids to help with stone collecting!)
  6. Plant the seeds or plants according to the instructions on the back
  7. Monitor for weeds and pests regularly

It’s really as simple as that… Why not give it a go, it’s great fun and the kids LOVE to get involved at every stage. We were lucky this year to have two raised beds from local company Quickcrop which were fantastic but not able to afford any more, we still have to dig over two beds for potatoes and broad beans, it’s back breaking but well worth it!

If you would like to know more about growing your own, GIY Ireland have lots of great hints and tips on their website and have local groups all over Ireland that meet regularly.

Do you grow any of your own? How do you find it?
SaucepanKids growing beetroot and onions



  1. Loving the blog Debbie and James, and kids…well done. Debbie…have you ever thought about a poly tunnel? It’s a bit of work, but everything grows! Come out some day and gave a look at mine…didn’t have as much time for it this year but still lots of produce…and the kids get a kick out of it too!

    1. Hi Mary,

      Thanks for the comment. Yes, we’d love to get a polytunnel here at SaucepanKids HQ. W’ll be hoping to invest in one next year.

      I saw the photos of your produce yesterday, quite a bumper crop of tomatoes and cucumber 🙂

      Kind regards

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