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Hi! My name is Gary and this is my home and garden improvement blog. My passion for working on my home and garden began when I bought my first house. It was a run down little place in the suburbs of Sydney. Even though the place was in a bit of a state, it was in a fantastic location. I spent many hours reading up on DIY and gardening tips before setting about improving the place. It was a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun. I learnt a lot during that time so I decided to start this blog.



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Creating A Green Juice Garden On Your Patio

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Nutrient-dense green juice is the ideal way to start your day or refuel after a workout, but it's not always easy to find the right organic ingredients, and the cost of a daily green juice can add up. So why not grow essential green juice ingredients in containers? It's not as difficult as you might think, and the produce typically used for green juice bases doesn't need much space to grow, so a patio is all you need. Here's a quick guide to having fresh greens at your fingertips:

Create Healthy Growing Conditions

To grow healthy produce, you need suitable growing conditions. For your green juice garden, you'll need containers that are both deep and wide. This is to accommodate both sprawling and deep roots. Containers that hold at least seven litres of soil will suffice. Your plants need a rich growing medium, so use equal parts topsoil and compost that's well mixed before being added to the pots. The compost should be suitable for growing vegetables, so look for brands rich in phosphorous, potassium and nitrogen.

Utilise Staggered Planting

Seeds or young plants can be planted as soon as your containers are ready. When selecting the types of vegetables you want to grow for your green juices, buy a few different varieties of each vegetable to cover a longer growing season. For example, tyee spinach can be planted in spring, while winter bloomsdale spinach should be sowed in autumn. Then stagger your planting to ensure you always have plants ready to be harvested. A simple staggered planting method is to plant new seeds every two weeks. This will ensure you have a fresh supply of vegetables just as you're using up the current harvest.

Start With Easy Staples

The following green juice staples are easy to grow on a patio:

  • Spinach - Keep the soil moist and your iron-rich spinach plants will be happy.
  • Kale - It's not really a green juice without kale, right? Luckily, kale grows year-round and is a really hardy plant.
  • Romaine - You can pick the outer leaves of a head of romaine to encourage the inner leaves to keep growing, or pick the whole head and boost your levels of folate and B vitamins.
  • Coriander - This fast-growing herb adds vitamins A and K to your daily juice.

You can't get fresher than stepping out onto your patio and picking your own home-grown green juice ingredients, so why not give it a go? Check out a nursery like Din San Nursery to get the different plant supplies you need.