How to Grow Vegetables at Home, Grow vegetables at Home easily
A little bit of research now will go a long way, saving you a lot of time, frustration and money, planning & planning is the key, â€˜we donâ€™t plan to fail, we fail to planâ€™, you will be rewarded with loads of fresh produce throughout the whole year. Be rewarded by growing your own, you will certainly taste the difference, we noticed the difference with our carrots, they had the strongest taste â€“ even when chopped up into a stew, yum.You can throw away all those nutritional supplements (big saving there) organically grown vegetables are full of all the vitamins and minerals you need.It will be totally committed to supporting and guiding you to success, having owned and managed a Certified Organic Farm for the past 12 years, we have much to share with you.If we love our home vegetable garden and would love to share some great tips, techniques and inside information, itâ€™s easy to follow and step by step.You need not buy another vegetable again, and with the price of produce these days, now is the time to get stuck in to your very own home vegetable garden…
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Eating fresh-picked corn or vine-ripened tomatoes is a life-altering experience. But where do you start? How do you choose from racks of seeds, catalog after catalog and rows upon rows of nursery seedlings? Successful small-scale farmers know what and when to plant, and how to start the crops.
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- Grow only those vegetables you enjoy eating. Give priority to those prized for incredible flavor when eaten fresh from the garden: sweet corn, beans and peas, tomatoes and young spinach, among others.
- First you need Prepare a plot of flat ground that gets full sun nearly all day. Break up and turn the soil and add compost or other organic material. A full day of blazing sunshine is especially important if you grow vegetables in the cool weather of early spring, early fall or winter.
- Save money and get truly involved with your garden by starting seeds indoors in winter and transplanting them into the garden in spring. It’s simplest to start with complete kits, sold at garden centers and through catalogs, containing fluorescent lights, soil mix, containers and watering devices.
- Shop for seedlings when your soil is prepared and you are ready to plant. Keep them moist and don’t let them sit around for more than three days. Buy healthy and vigorous seedlings. They should stand up straight and be stocky, not lanky, with no yellow leaves or bug holes.
- Look for seed packets marked as having been packed for the current year,Start with nursery seedlings of certain other crops unless you are an experienced vegetable grower. These plants tend to do better when set out in the garden as seedlings: eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Squash and cucumbers are among a few you can plant just as effectively as either seeds or seedlings.
- Figure out how much growing space you have and plant accordingly. Lettuce, for example, can be grown in a solid mat, but tomatoes need to be spaced about 2 feet (60 cm) apart. Give pumpkins at least 4 feet (120 cm) of growing room. Growing requirements are provided on seed packets, in catalogs, and on nursery tags, as well as in books on growing vegetables.
- Choose crops that require less room if you have a small vegetable garden or grow vegetables in a container.Patio’ or ‘Tumbler’ tomatoes will grow well in a hanging basket. Plants that climb and vine, such as cucumbers and pole beans, can be trained up a trellis to take up less room horizontally. Tuck herbs and parsley into flower beds.
- Schedule plantings around the two main growing seasons which vary by region: cool (spring and fall) and warm (summer). Common cool-season vegetables include beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach and turnips. Warm-season crops include beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, pumpkins, squash and tomatoes.
- Sow some seeds directly in the ground as they grow best that way: beans, beets, carrots, chard, corn, lettuce, melons, peas, pumpkins, squash and turnips. Starting seeds is, of course, much less expensive than planting seedlings sold in flats, packs and pots.
- Itâ€™s important to â€˜know your soilâ€™ , soil is the life blood of your organic vegetable garden, identifying what nutrients your plants are lacking in or have excess amounts of.
- Recognise the need to rotate your crops in your organic vegetable garden so they donâ€™t deplete the soil, but enhance the life of the soil, adding plenty of organic matter to the soil such as compost,
- Â Your soil has a life force that needs to be fed a balanced diet of nutrients to keep it healthy, a common problem when the soil isnâ€™t balanced is insects and soil born diseases that weaken the plants, especially fungal diseases that damages the leaves and/or their root systems.
- Green manure crops are soil replenishers, they provide other sources of nutrients for the soil. These crops are grown as an organic process to supplement the soil; this process involves digging in the crop once soft and sappy back into the soil. This biomass is dug in like you would with manure providing your plants with carbon rich nutrients.
- Mulch is the best form of weed control, cover the ground with a thick layer of mulch (15cm or 6 inches) this will stop the weeds from sprouting up through the ground, any weeds that do manage to come up will be easy to pull out because the ground will be nice and soft.
- Pea straw, barley mulch & lucerne hay are the best forms of mulch to use, bearing in mind any mulch is better then none at all, a very cheap mulch is grass clippings (costs you nothing, but your time mowing the lawn…) or sugar cane mulch that is cheap if its available to you… be sure to check the origin of the mulch, if you want to maintain an organic vegetable garden, ensure your mulch is organic
- Crop rotation helps, once finished harvesting each vegetable variety, dig in compost, manure & lime to boost the soil ready for the next crop.