How to grow your own produce

Whether you have a balcony, patio, sprawling garden or no outside space at all, there is a fruit or vegetable you can grow. Surrey estate agents. Grosvenor Billinghurst offers its advice for anyone looking to harvest some homegrown fruit and vegetables.

Balcony ideas - if you choose your plants wisely, even the smallest of spaces can yield a bumper harvest. You’ll be growing in pots or window baskets, so bear in mind you’ll need the right compost/soil mix and a regular watering schedule. Tomatoes, beans, radishes, and lettuce all grow well in containers or try suspending hanging baskets to grow tumbling varieties of strawberries and tomatoes. You can also use trellis and canes for added support or opt for dwarf varieties if space is really tight.

Try this: A private balcony is a huge benefit at this Surrey lettings apartment to rent in Woking.

Patio, terrace & deck ideas - with a little more space to play with, you can fill bigger pots and troughs with soil, or even sow seeds and pot up plants straight into grow bags. A deeper pot and more space will allow you to grow root vegetables, such as carrots, beetroot, and even potatoes. Fruits, including apples, pears, blueberries, cherries, and plums, can also be grown in generous containers.

Try this:  This Surrey property for sale in Cobham has a large, neat patio perfect for pots and containers.

Large garden ideas - if space isn’t an issue, you can create your own allotment and even add a greenhouse. Raised beds are an attractive way to grow fruit and veg, and they save you the hassle of bending down to sow, weed and harvest at ground level. Tomatoes, peppers, chillis, aubergines, figs, and cucumbers will thrive in a greenhouse. Outside beds lend themselves to brassica (the family of vegetables that includes broccoli, cabbage, kale, sprouts and more exotic leaves like bok choy); strawberries and squash varieties (butternut and pumpkin).

Try this: With over 8 acres of land and a number of existing greenhouses, this Surrey property for sale in Leatherhead is ideal for a sprawling garden kitchen.

No garden? No problem - a sunny window sill is an ideal place to grow edibles and some of the easiest are herbs. Basil, dill, and mint will all thrive. Don’t overlook microgreens as well - watercress, pea shoots, beetroot, rocket, and mizuna can all be grown inside in bright light and harvested when very young. Chillis in pots ripen well in full sun and figs are probably the easiest fruit to grow inside, although you can enjoy success with lemons and limes too (especially if you have a conservatory).

Try this: This light filled flat for sale in Claygate gives ample opportunity for window sill growing.

If you have a grow-your-own or garden wish list, please contact the Grosvenor Billinghurst team today, and we’ll match you with Surrey property for sale and to rent where fruit and vegetables will flourish.

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