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How to Grow Vegetable Plants in your Garden
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How to Grow Vegetable Plants in your Garden

vegetable plantsGrowing your own vegetables is a sure way to save money and to have the best tasting vegetable plants imaginable. The best part about growing your own vegetables is that you know how they are grown and exactly what you are feeding your family. There is a multitude of vegetable suitable for any homeowner to grow.

Research and plan what will grow best in your area. Grow crops that will give you multitude crops and are high yielding, such as beans. Climbing beans are excellent to plant in small areas.

Climate

Climatic conditions will dictate to a certain extent what and when you are able to grow vegetables in your garden. Cold climates will grow some vegetables better than a more tropical climate.

Preparing the Beds

It is important to put some effort into preparing the garden bed before planting vegetable plants to give them the best start. Select a position where the vegetable plants are growing in the sun for at least 6 hours a day. Turn over the soil and add some organic matter to enrich it. Give it a good soaking and allow a few days before planting. When you are ready to plant turn the soil over once more and rake the garden bed over.

Seasonal

Vegetables are seasonal so be mindful of planting the right vegetable plants for the right season. Cool and warm season crops of vegetables will be planted at different times of the year depending on where you live.

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Winter Crop

Some vegetable plants to grow in winter in the colder climates.

  • Cabbage and Cauliflower
  • Broccoli and Brocolini
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Kale
  • Winter Lettuce
  • Silverbeet

Winter is also an excellent time to lift, divide and replant crowns vegetables plants such as Artichokes, Asparagus and Horseradish. It is also a good time to deal with Rhubarb.

If you live in more a more tropical zone, then try planting the following :

  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Spring Onions
  • Asian vegetables such as Bok Choy, Pak Choy and Chinese cabbage.
  • Zucchini
  • Corn

Growing your own tomatoes is easy and fun. Once the plants are established and growing up they will requires staking so that the stems don’t break under the weight of the fruit. There are a few varieties of tomato plants. If you wish to grow small ones for salads, try planting grape or cherry tomato plants. Larger varieties are Beefsteak and Black Russian and Roma.

Growing vegetables such as Pumpkin and Squash may not be really suitable for a small garden as their vines like to stretch out over a larger area.

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Potatoes

Growing potatoes is easy. They do well in hessian bags that are half filled with compost. Once the green shoots start to appear above the soil then just add more compost. Repeat this process until the bag is full. Don’t forget to water them

It takes around 10 to 20 weeks to maturity. Once the leaves begin to die back, then usually your potatoes are ready to harvest. Just tip the bag out and search for your potatoes.

Try staggering your planting so that you have a continuous supply of vegetables instead of them all requiring harvesting at once.

A gardening calendar is useful to have as it will advise what vegetable plants to grow and when to harvest.

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