There is nothing more satisfying than getting vegetables from your own garden. Whether you are a beginner or experienced gardener, virtually anyone can grow vegetables. Most vegetables do not require a lot of space or time and they are easy to grow. They can be grown in a small garden, in a pot on a windowsill or on a balcony.
Some of these vegetables include:
An easy to grow vegetable, the courgette, also known as a zucchini or summer squash, is better planted in early summer to ensure there is no frost when planting. Plant a young plant in the garden or in a pot. A single plant is enough for one person. If planting in the garden, ensure the plants are three feet apart. You should then water and wait for the courgette to mature.
Beetroots are easy to grow and can be grown in the garden or in a pot. You should plant the seeds in a large container or in the garden by placing the seeds in pairs in rows that are 9 inches apart. Water the seeds and wait for them to become seedlings. They produce red globes.
Onions are easy to grow as well because all you need to do is find small bulbs or sets, plant them, and wait for them to grow. Seedlings can also be planted although sets have a better chance of survival and require less work. There are different types of onions, such as shallots, spring and pickling.
To plant the sets, prepare V-shaped furrows that are ten inches apart. Place the sets at an upright position at four inches apart. Cover them with soil up to the neck and then water. The onions will be ready when the leaves turn brown, at which point you should remove the bulbs from the soil and leave them to dry.
Pumpkins are healthy, tasty and easy to grow. Plant young plants in your garden at least three feet apart. The best time to plant is late May and early June so that they can be harvested in September or October in time for Halloween. There are different varieties of pumpkins including the giant and a weird-looking more tasty variety.
The pumpkins should be harvested when their leaves start to wither. They should be left to dry in the sun after harvesting in order to harden the skin.
You can grow cucumbers in containers because they grow vertically. Just make sure they are somewhere with sunlight and they get support. They do well in warm temperatures. Because they sprawl, you should give them enough space, although you can plant smaller varieties.
Cucumber varieties include pickling, slicing and burpless. You should plant the seedlings between 3 to 5 feet depending on the variety. If you will use a trellis to train the vines, plant them 1 foot apart.
You can plant a variety of salad leaves in a pot or on the ground. Within a few weeks, you can be enjoying their flavors. You can choose different types and variety of salads such as lettuce, rocket and oriental to obtain the best flavors. Salads can also be grown indoors no matter the season.
You simply need to prepare a place to plant them, whether in a seed tray, pot or in the ground, toss the salad seeds, cover with compost and sprinkle with water. Ensure you plant is in a sunny location. In case it is potted, place in a sunny spot.
Carrots are simple to grow provided the soil is deep and well drained. They do not grow well in rocky or tight soil because they can turn out crooked. It is therefore important to plant them in loose soil, which can be achieved by digging deeply. There are different varieties of carrots. The seeds should be sown directly into the garden at the beginning of spring; expect them to sprout in about two weeks. The carrots should have at least three inches of space after thinning.
Carrots mature when their tops break the soil line. This takes place after about 70 days. Before removing the carrots, loosen the soil around the carrots using a garden fork.
Radishes can be used as salad, snacks, side dishes and appetizers. They are also easy to grow and they mature in less than a month. Because they are a root vegetable, they can be grown in deep containers or in the garden. Just make sure to water them and do not allow the soil to dry out. They should be grown in an area that is sunny or has partial shade.
Easy to grow vegetables can be grown in the garden and in pots. There is now no excuse not grow your own vegetables, both to provide you and your family with healthy and fresh food, but to save money as well!