Fruit and vegetables taste so much better if you leave it until the last minute to pick them before cooking / eating.
A recent survey by one large supermarket chain found that 68% of bagged salad is wasted, and 35% of that was wasted in the home. Growing your own means zero waste, as you only need to harvest exactly what you’ll eat, and you can guarantee it’ll be fresh.
To maximise your crop of home-grown salads such as lettuce and radishes, sow a small amount of seed every two weeks for a continual harvest throughout the summer.
Pick up plant debris, trim away dying or unhealthy stems and branches, and keep weeds to a minimum. Foliage or stems left over from diseased plants can mean the same problem the following year.
Ensure a healthy vegetable garden by rotating crops. This is the growing of different crops in succession on the same piece of land to avoid exhausting the soil and to control weeds, pests and diseases.
A confusing mix of sights and scents can help deter certain insect pests. Try to increase biodiversity and avoid monoculture by mixing plants from different families. Instead of planting long rows of a single crop, try planting:
Mixing carrots and onions can deter pests
Try allowing a single weed to grow as a decoy among your cultivated crops. Decoy crops may attract pests and help to keep the bad guys away from your other valuable crops.