Winter gardening can be so much fun and extremely beneficial as well! Allocate a special space in your garden just for winter gardening. If you are going to plant a crop following one that you had planted earlier, it’s a good idea to feed the soil before hand. You want to give it the best shot that you can at being successful. Try mixing compost, leaf mulch or manure that is aged to your soil to keep it fertile.
Cool weather vegetables only take about one week to germinate therefore transplants can be started outdoors. It’s best not to transfer them any later than the first week of September. This will allow the plants to develop good roots before the winter time and many upcoming frosts.
Cress is a traditional sprouting crop which many people grow in containers on a windowsill, often on paper. Cultivation and harvesting is virtually the same as for mustard. Broadleaf or curly cress (Lepidium sativum) and upland cress (Barbarea verna) are easier to grow than watercress (Nasturtium officinale), which requires very moist soil at all times.
Cress is the best grown either in spring or fall, as it runs to seed quickly and does not relish hot weather; the plants should be kept well watered, especially in dry weather. Land, or American cress is a good alternative to watercress and has a similar flavor.
Squash is part of a family of vegetables that includes pumpkins. The popular zucchini is a type of squash. There are two different main types of squash: winter and summer. Each type has many varieties to choose from.
Summer squash come in many shapes and sizes. But there are three main shapes of summer squash. Scallop or also known as patty pan are rounded and flat and resemble a dandelion in shape. Some summer squash can be straight-necked or crooked-necked, smaller at the top than the bottom. The last main shape is a club shape, the body being uniform in size throughout the length of the squash.
The most modern and convenient way for people now to enjoy fresh crops without worrying about chemical toxins in the body is organic gardening. Organic fruits and vegetables are becoming popular for vegetarians or people with green thumb. But then, it doesn’t stop there! Aside from eating a fresh and healthy salad, enjoying organic rice in your dining table is now possible!
Just like growing organic fruits and vegetables, the same gardening principle applies with organic rice. Using of synthetic or artificial fertilizers and pesticides are prohibited. Aside from that, soil fertility should be maintained. Lastly, the importance of natural alternatives in tending is valued.
Onions and their relatives belong to a group of vegetables that have evolved a rather specialized growth habit results in the formation of bulbs at the end of their growing season. A bulb is a swollen storage organ that allows a plant to survive climatic extremes in its natural environment. The great advantage to us is that the bulbs keep exceptionally well in the kitchen enabling us to have onions all year round.
Onions and many of their relatives (such as garlic) are thought to have originated in central Asia or the Middle East and as such are one of the oldest vegetables in cultivation. Their cultivation can be traced back to Egyptian civilization, as early as 3200 B.C. From there they have spread around the world and, not surprisingly, local varieties have been selected for different climates, making it important to choose a variety that is well adapted for the area they are to be grown in.
Broccoli is a hardy, cool weather loving plant that is easy to grow and wonderful to eat making it a favorite of many gardeners. Rich in vitamins A & C, potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium broccoli is a beneficial vegetable to add to your diet.
Because broccoli requires cool temperatures and can even handle a light frost many gardeners start broccoli indoors to get a jump start on the growing season. Broccoli seeds can be started in a variety of containers from store bought flats and starter trays to egg cartons or other simple containers you have about the house. Broccoli is extremely tolerant of a variety of soils, but prefers a sandy loam soil rich in organic matter. Plant seeds and water well and place in a warm, sunny place indoors. Sun lights can also be used in place of real sun. Temperatures indoors should be maintained between 75-85°F for the best seed germination.