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Vegetables In The Winter Garden

Vegetables In The Winter Garden

Vegetables In The Winter Garden – Winter can be a very productive time to grow and harvest vegetables, even in some of the coldest areas of the country. Most seed catalogs are now offering a full array of fall and winter options. Freezing areas will need to use a cold frame, hoop or greenhouse, but in warmer climate areas, winter harvests can be even more productive than summer!

Consider these grow-in-the-ground winter options: carrots, spinach, leeks, collards, parsnips, hardy salad greens (Mache, Claytonia, and some lettuces), cabbage, turnips, Swiss chard, and of course kale.

It’s Time For Pumpkins!

It’s Time For Pumpkins!

It’s Time For Pumpkins! Also, growing your own pumpkins is really good fun. Watching the vines grow, flowers blossom and tiny little pumpkins form is really exciting. They require between 6 to 8 hours of sun light a day, rich soil improved with compost and lots of space or something to climb on. They are extremely easy to grow and can erupted out of your compost, without any help from you. The variety, well who knows, it depends on what you bought at the supermarket and what seeds went into the compost heap. They do have some quirky traits and it can be very frustrating when the vine is extremely healthy and you only get male flowers. It can also be extremely devastating if you think you are going to get a pumpkin to find it has dropped off. Pumpkins are notorious for not producing fruit.

Growing Cucumbers In A Greenhouse

Growing Cucumbers In A Greenhouse

Growing Cucumbers In A Greenhouse – People use greenhouses to grow a huge variety of plants and shrubs. European cucumbers grow very well in greenhouses and these variants are much longer than the other types of cucumbers. As a matter of fact they are longer and heavier. The skin tone of the cucumbers is forest green and the texture is softer meaning that many greenhouse owners cover their cucumbers individually to protect them from bruises.

Nowadays the trend of growing cucumbers in greenhouses is parallel to growing tomatoes. The reason for this is that the cucumber is a type of semi-tropical vegetable that needs moisture, temperature, humidity, high light and fertilizer.

Vegetable Garden During November

Vegetable Garden During November

Vegetable Garden During November – This month beds that were filled with late season produce are now laid bare, stems of runner beans have died off twisted around their supports and the greenhouse is all but emptied. However, there will be a few winter crops growing strong. Winter brassicas such as kale and brussels sprouts and beds of winter lettuce will provide a welcome taste of home produce during the winter months. There are still jobs to be done in even the smallest vegetable garden, there are some early varieties of spring crops to be sown and plenty of tidying to be done. So before you wrap up and head outside take a moment to read through this short list of essential jobs to be doing in the vegetable garden during November.

 

 

Growing Courgettes

Growing Courgettes

Courgettes are a firm fleshy vegetable, which has grown in popularity over the years. It is in the gaud section of the cucumber family, which includes marrows, squashes and pumpkins. Courgettes are an easy crop to grow; children are fascinated with their flowers and excited by the crops rapid growth. Plants like these kindle interest in gardening at an early age which gives hope for the future, for once the passion for growing plants and good quality home grown foods has been kindled, it generally continues throughout a person’s life.

Courgettes are best eaten soon after harvesting them when they are fresh and at the peak of their flavor. In cooking, courgettes can be boiled, steamed, baked, fried, grilled and roasted. They have a delicate flavor so can be cooked with herbs to add variety.

 

Corn In The Vegetable Garden

Corn In The Vegetable Garden

Corn In The Vegetable Garden – Corn ranks four spots behind tomatoes as the most popular vegetable to grow in a home vegetable garden, it still is a very popular item because of its taste, texture and availability. You may not have the budget of a commercial corn grower to make your life easier, but you can take some steps to make your corn harvest much more successful. Here are some steps you can follow the next time you decide to grow corn in your home vegetable garden.

Just as if you were building a house it all begins with a great foundation. In this case the foundation is the soil or site where your corn will grow. Preparing the site and laying that foundation begins long before the first corn kernels go in the ground.