Starting your own vegetable gardenIf you want to eat fresh vegetables at each meal,then you should consider starting your own small vegetable garden. How to choose from seeds and catalog? Read the next article.
- Only grow the plants that you enjoy most and that are best eaten fresh from the garden.
- Prepare a site with flat ground that enjoys the Sun all day long. Add compost to the soil to help the plants grow properly.
- Think about the space that you will need for the plants. Lettuces, for example, can be planted one near another, but tomatoes need to be spaced about 2 feet apart. Read the seed packs, catalogs and, why not, buy a book about gardening and follow the instructions.
- If you have a small vegetable garden, you can grow plants in container. Lettuces can be grown in pots, and Patio or Tumbler tomatoes can be grown from hanging flower baskets. Plants that climb can be set on a trellis to occupy as less space horizontally as possible.
- Growing seasons vary by region: cool (spring, fall) and warm (summer). Some of the cool-season vegetables are: beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach and turnips. Warm-season vegetables are: beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, pumpkins, squash and tomatoes.
- Beans, beets, carrots, chard, corn, lettuce, melons, peas, pumpkins, squash and turnips grow faster if sow the seeds directly into the ground.
- Be sure to buy seed packs that are from the current year. Some of the best site from where you can order a wide variety of seeds are: Burpee (burpee.com), Johnny’s Selected Seeds (johnnyseeds.com), Park Seed Company (parkseed.com) and Thompson and Morgan (thompson-morgan.com).
- Shop for seed packs only when you can work the soil. Be sure to keep them moist. Only buy healthy and vigorous seedlings. They need to stand up straight not be lanky.
- You can save a lot of money if you grow the seedlings all by yourself in the winter, and the plant them in the garden in the spring. You can buy numerous complete kits from any online shopor specialized shop.
- Seed selections are best in the mid spring, even you won’t plant them immediately.
- Some seeds can sprout after more then a year if they are kept in good conditions. Keep them in envelopes in dry and cool places.