Growing Vegetables
growing vegetables

Growing Vegetables

Yes, you will have some failures in growing vegetables. But that is okay. If you've been dreaming of growing vegetables, then give it a go. Beyond avoiding scorching summer months, among the biggest lessons I've learned regarding home gardening is this:

-No two gardens are ever the same. So when you plan on growing vegetables in containers, you need to think out of the box. The first thing you need to take into consideration is what type of yield you expect. If you are planning to simply replicate a crop you've grown elsewhere, then your best bet would be indoor varieties. However, if your ambition is to produce enough for a large family, then you might want to consider going organic with your produce and start a container garden.

Another consideration is your space. You will need adequate room to grow your selected vegetables. While many people start a container garden in a large pot on the terrace, this really isn't recommended if you want to achieve significant yield. The best idea is to design an indoor vegetable garden that will serve as the basis for replanting future years. If your space allows it, you could even design a small balcony garden right on your kitchen windowsill.

- fertilizer. Fertilizer is required to help the roots of the plants to absorb the nutrients they need to grow. It is especially important to add fertilizer when your plants are starting out because you want all those new leaves to get lots of water, too!

-Sow early. Most plants prefer to be sown in the late winter or early spring. Some vegetables like tomatoes, though, prefer to be sown in the late summer to encourage the growth of green shoots. Other vegetables, like red peppers and beans, should be sown in the fall.

-Vegetables need to have plenty of direct sunlight. Many vegetables can handle partial shade, but some, such as tomatoes, need full sunlight. Cucumbers and tomatoes should have their tops covered with a plastic or aluminum dome. Earthworms love to eat earthworms so this will also help them to build their networks underneath the soil. And keep an eye on the humidity in the air: lower it when it starts to get cold and raise it when it's warm outside.

-Don't wait until the temperatures climb high to water your vegetables. Most people wait until their crops have started to sprout green leaves before they water them. But if you wait until the last week of May and the temperatures are rising well into the summer, your vegetables will not be able to grow very well.

So go ahead and start planting your favorite vegetables. Be sure that you water them well after they have been planted. And don't forget to fertilize them. And you'll soon have a bountiful garden.

When it comes to carrots, they have two distinct seasons. The leaves start to appear in April and the fruits and vegetables are ready for harvesting in June. If you start planting in April and harvest in June, you'll have a late crop to feed in late summer. If you start planting in May and harvest in August, you'll have a late crop to feed in September, a harvest in October, and a late crop to feed in November.

As for beans, they have a similar growing cycle. They start to grow green leaves in January and grow larger in February. Then the plants grow into leaves and grow even larger in March. The final harvest is made in May. The trick is to plant your vegetables very early (in the late winter or early spring) and to cover them with compost before the growing season begins. This ensures that they will get the nutrients that they need to grow big and strong.

Of course, planting seeds and bringing new plants into your garden is not enough to make them grow well. You need to take care of them. Water, fertilizer and pest control are all necessary aspects of growing well. Keep a sharp eye out for bugs and pests, and plant good organic repellents around your vegetable garden. Remember to deadhead the mature plants and pinch back any pests that you see fit.

In order to grow healthy and beautiful vegetables, you must work hard. It is very rewarding to see your hard work pay off when you pull up your garden and see it thrive. Gardening can be both expensive and time consuming, but if you take the time to garden properly and keep your plants healthy you will reap the rewards by sowing rich, delicious and colorful crops. Just remember to water, fertilize and water again the next year. Good luck gardening!