How To Grow And Care For Oriental Greens
With summer nearly over and the colder winter months slowly approaching, now is a good time to start thinking about starting your own small home-grow of Oriental greens. This easy and inexpensive hobby can be enjoyed by anyone no matter how old you are, and will always be a fun project to do. Of course, to grow seeds and have a thriving garden requires a little planning to make sure you have enough space to grow, prepare, and harvest your plants. The best way to do this is to try to lay out your garden rows early in the season. This can be done with an indoor vegetable gardener, or even on your back patio if you have enough space.
One method that many people use is to take two separate pots each containing four small bags of seeds and put them on top of one another. You can also use a three-by-two-foot wooden frame with four wooden poles between the rows spaced evenly so they are even in width. The bags are easily visible, and there is no need to have a trellis for the seeds to climb up. This method works best if you use a cold frame indoors, but it can be worked outdoors if the weather is warm enough. You can also start seeds several weeks before you expect the weather to be cool enough to germinate and can continue to sow throughout the cold months until just before the flowers bloom.
Another method is to use a row of pebbles or large rocks and place your seeds on the surface. This is a great way to start your garden, and has the added benefit of being a great landscaping element to brighten up the early part of October. You can also sow a variety of annuals and perennials with this method including radishes, turnips, rocket, cabbage, and even collard greens. You can also use the same method of laying row after row of pebbles or large rocks, but make sure to make sure you are planting at the correct depth.
The third technique is the most labor intensive. This method uses a rototiller and some clever planting. It is best to only use one type of seed at a time. You can mix as many different kinds of Oriental greens seeds together as you like, but always make sure to plant the seed that is coming up first. Once you have decided what type of crop you would like to grow (sweet corn, peanuts, etc.) you can begin to plan out your rows and planting locations.
Most gardens have a fall planting schedule for most vegetables, fruits, and greens. If your vegetable garden will not go through an entire fall season, do not despair. You can simply replace some of your earlier sowed rows with new ones in late summer or early fall. In addition, you can change the types of seeds you are sowing in your early spring garden as well.
The easiest way to plant your new sprouts is to have them delivered to you in a seed packet. All you have to do is place the seed packet inside a small box. Then you simply spread the contents of the seed packet over the ground within three days. Be sure and dig a hole with a shovel and place the hole in a warm sunny spot.
Another way to ensure that your sprouts are established in a healthy environment is to water them just before you plant them. If you do not wait long between waterings, the roots may go into a dormant state, causing them to rot. If your seed packet has instructions on how to measure water, follow them. You want to water your seed packet just before it rains, but not before.
Oriental greens seeds should be planted quickly. When picking out your seeds, look for ones that are firm, rich in nutrients, and resistant to fungal decay and insects. Also look for sprouts that have open, firm, and healthy flowers or seeds. When you find a good site for planting, keep in mind that the best time to plant these seeds is during the spring. Once they begin to bloom, they will continue to grow until June.