You need to give quite a lot of consideration to the location of your main vegetable plots. Many poor soil conditions can be corrected over time, but your number one priority should be how much sun the area receives – especially if you are lucky enough to be able to grow winter veggies.
You want to aim for an area that gets at least six hours sunlight each day. You should choose to position the garden so that the maximum sunlight is from the morning. You don’t mind too much if there’s some afternoon shade through summer as summers are very hot (35°C – 45°C, that’s 95°F – 114°F) and dry.
A number of chicories (Cichorium intybus) are hardy and make good crops in the winter months, given some protection. Chicory leaves are stalked, hairy, lanceolate and large, coarsely toothed, growing in clustered formation from plant base in spreading rosette while the upper leaves are small. Their pale yellow and red leaves add colors to salads and they can also be braised. Three main types are grown: Witloof or Belgian chicory, sugar loaf chicory and red chicory, often called ‘radicchio’.
Withloof chicory is grown in two stages. The seed is sown in late spring and the plants are left to grow until late fall. The leaves are bitter and not usually eaten. In the fall the heads can either be cut off the plants 1 in above the ground or the roots can be lifted, trimmed and replanted for forcing indoors.
Lima beans, also known as “butter beans” are quite easy to harvest and grow if you have the correct information and follow these simple tips. Before we proceed to explain how to grow lima beans, let we first share with you few facts about lima beans. Those who have tasted lima beans know how tasty and nutritious they are. These beans can be used in variety of dishes and have some extra-ordinary nutritional values. Fresh lima beans are often difficult to find but you can always get canned lima beans throughout the year min most departmental stores.
The average size of the pod of lima bean in about 3 inches and is flat, oblong and slightly curved. The pod has 2 to 4 seeds. These seeds are called lima beans. The seeds are normally green or cream in color. Few other varieties and color including red, purple, white and black are also available.
Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is an annual plant originating in the Middle East – more precisely from Afghanistan and Turkistan. Some assign its origin to the land of Persia – presently Iran. Long ago, the Arabians used it against throat and lung affections. In the 8th century, spinach was grown in Spain and France and in the 11th century it reached Sicily.
Spinach has a large number of uses on the dinner table, from side salads, soups, chip and vegetable dips, to fillings for all sorts of entrees. If you’re growing spinach at your house, you can savor all these with fresh produce from your own yard. In present times, the herb has become much appreciated because, according to research, fresh spinach leaves are anticancerigenic. It is a very renowned plant for its rich iron content. Little do most known that apart from minerals and vitamins, spinach also contains oxalic acid – a substance that inhibits the absorption of calcium into the body.
Peppers are an extremely popular plant to grow indoors or outdoors anywhere in the world whether you’re in a hot or a cold climate, there is always a chance you will be able to grow peppers successfully and get great tasting peppers.
The choice of peppers in unbelievable at the moment, and with at least 2,500 new species of pepper being created each year and with many of them not even getting time to be named, your perfect pepper cant be far away. To get started with growing peppers you’ll need good soil ( lots of organic matter, and good drainage ),and a warm enough growing season.
If all the grow your own thing is getting a bit overwhelming, or you don’t have time or the resources to grow all the crops your family needs to survive, opt for the best options and just grow your own superfoods!There are so many fruits and vegetables we can grow that are packed full of the good stuff:
Broccoli – has long since been recognised as a superfood and it’s one of those veggies you can eat on it’s own, although it’s always nice with a cheese sauce. There are dwarf varieties available that you can grow in containers or pots on the balcony or patio. Don’t try and grow huge heads of broccoli the first time you try it. Let the first head grow to a medium size then cut and eat. The plant should produce more small heads of broccoli and will keep you in florets for longer!