Vegetables contain a good source of vitamins that can enhance our health and strengthen our bodies to fight off sickness and diseases. Vegetables are more potent when eaten raw or semi cook
Overcooking vegetables can destroy the many vitamins they contain, so we will be looking at vegetables and how we can plant them and care for them in our vegetable garden.
There is nothing like growing and harvesting our own vegetables from out of our back yard.
The first vegetable that we will be looking at is carrots.
Planting and care of carrots.
Carrots are not only one of the favorite of the looney cartoon character bungs bunny but are also a favorite of many worldwide, carrots are loaded with Vitamin A that is good for your eyesight and many other vitamins that can increase your bodies defense system. So let’s plant some carrots.
Carrots should be planted in early spring and late fall the soil should be a well- drain soil or soil that has good drainage, to help condition your soil if you don’t know what soil type you have you can amend the soil
with some type of organic material to ensure proper drainage When growing carrots the soil should be properly cultivated to ensure a good healthy harvest.
Plant your carrots in rows one to three feet apart and seeds should be planted one inch deep and one to four inches apart. Do not let the soil dry out completely when watering.
Top growth should appear in about two weeks, keeping the soil cultivated will keep weeds down so with a hoe you can go from row to row lightly turning the soil in between each row.
Make sure read the instruction on the back of the seed package so you can know when to harvest, baby carrots can be harvest in two and a half months.
I know it may seem long but it is worth the wait, the more mature carrot can be harvest in about the seem time period or you can give it an additional week. Loosen the soil around the carrot and gently pull to remove carrot from the soil.
Planting and care of cucumbers.
Cucumbers can be used in salads or it can be cooked if prefer to eat them raw, cucumbers have a great taste and can add much flavor to your meals. Cucumbers also have its share of vitamins that the body requires. So let’s plant some cucumbers
Seed can be purchased from your plant nursery. The soil should be rich in organic matter when planting you should put about two to three seeds in Each planting hole
Each hole should be space about six to eight inches apart, water plants about one inch deep. Cucumbers grow like a vine so they should be planted using a trellis instead of letting them grow on the ground.
Also, note cucumbers are warm season plants and can be planted two weeks after last spring frost date.
Make sure that the planting site is in a sunny location. Also, keep an eye out for whiteflies and cucumber beetles. Your nursery should be able to recommend and insecticide to eliminate these pest problems, harvest cucumbers when they are one to one and a half inches in diameter.
Planting and care of bell peppers
Remember that old 80’s song that goes like this you can ring my bell ring my bell well these colorful veggies is no exception with their array of colors they sure can ring our bells adding not only flavor but many colors to our tables. Packed with vitamins, bell peppers is a must to our gardens so included them you won’t be sorry. Let’s get started.
Seeds can be purchased from your nursery or you can use the seed from the bell peppers you would have purchased from the supermarket. Let the seeds dry for about a week and a half
The planting site should be in a sunny location the soil should be a good loamy soil rich in organic matter, plant seeds about eight to ten weeks before last spring frost.
start seeds indoors in plant pots or plastic trays.The temperature must be about seventy degrees or higher to begin to achieve success. After frost have passed you can now transplant plants on the outside
Each planting hole should be eighteen to twenty-four inches apart give the plant one to two inches of water per week, in hot or dryer climate you may need to increase the watering.
You can also place stakes in the ground to help support the plant and keep it from bending as the bell pepper matures in size, keep an eye out for pests such as flea beetles and aphids
also blossom end rot check with your nursery for what you can use to combat this problem, when peppers are fully mature you can use a knife or scissors to remove them. Peppers can be placed in vegetable pans in the fridge or in plastic bags then refrigerate for about two weeks.
Planting and care of broccoli
Broccoli semi cooked with melted cheese covering them is not only a tasty treat but is also an excellent way to increase our vitamin intake. So how do we get these veggies from the garden to our kitchen table
broccoli need to be planted in a sunny location, soil should be a good loamy soil that can hold moisture for spring planting seed or set transplant two to three weeks before last spring frost date
When preparing the site for planting make such to incorporate chicken or cow manure or some other rich organic material into the soil.
Seeds, as you know, can be purchased from your plant nursery make sure water the planting site with sufficient water before planting about sixteen to twenty-two inches of water.
Place seeds about one to two inches deep in the planting hole and about ten to twelve inches apart.
When the florets around the broccoli head begin to show slight loosening and the beads in the crown are still tight your broccoli is ready to harvest or you can read the back of the seed packet for more detail.
Planting and care of celery
Celery, Celery how art thou Celery. I once saw someone sprinkled salt on a stick of celery and guess what they began to eat it man talk about strange and guess what again the celery was not even cooked it was RAW.
Anyway back to the celery plant, these fine veggie complements the many dishes and salads that we prepare and can also add to our nutrient intake so let’s get down and dirty and start our garden.
In order to get a jump start on planting celery, you can plant them indoors just before spring the seed can be purchased from your garden nursery store.
You can start out by planting them in trays make sure to use good garden soil. It’s good to use sand when planting the seed, mix some of the seed in the sand make such that the sand is good salt-free sand.
sprinkle the sand over the surface of the soil the sand will ensure that the seeds do not wash away. Apply more soil on top of the sand to get complete coverage.
Water the tray with about half an inch of water. cover the tray with clear thin plastic wrap this will keep the soil temperature warm aiding in germination of the seeds.
Keep checking the soil to make sure that it has adequate moisture. when the plants emerge from the soil and the weather on the outside has warm up you can transplant them.
Make that sure the planting site is in a sunny location and that the soil is a good sandy loam soil, incorporate chicken or cow manure or some other organic material to the soil.
Plant each plant about two to four feet apart and give it adequate water. Celery can be harvest when stocks are about eight to ten inches tall.
Planting and care of Onions
I love onions, onions are one of my favorites I like to especially eat it uncooked in salads. Onion gives such a great flavor to foods, Beside that onion also has some healing agents
That we will be looking at a bit later in this article, but for now we will be discussing how to plant and care for onions.
Planting and care of onion
When planting onion be sure and choose a sunny location, a location that gets about 6 hours of sunlight each day. You can either plant onion from seed or from bulbs.
I remember on a few occasion and to my amazement onions that I had in the refrigerator began to actually sprout no joke, when planting onion
make sure that the soil that you use is good garden soil, If not then you can add compost or manure, what compost does is that it will condition your soil
So that your soil would be able to retain water and fertilizer much better and proper air circulation in the soil. What you can do also is to get a soil ph test and add soil amendments
If needed. Another thing that you can consider is that if you don’t have the garden space to create an onion garden, you can always build a raised bed.
Plant onion seeds about 2 inches in the soil, 3-4 seeds per hole. Make sure that each planting hole is spaced about a foot apart keep soil moist don’t let soil to dry out.
You can fertilize with triple 20 0r 16-16-8 or if you prefer to go organic you can use chicken or cow manure. In fact manure
can be mixed with the soil before planting seeds.
Onions are ready to harvest when the top part of the onion turns yellow, wither and falls back to the ground. To learn more about onions click this link nutritional facts about the onion.
Planting and care of beets
As a child growing up one of the things that would be on my plate especially Sunday dinner would often be beets, I remembered how my parents would always tell me about how I needed to eat beets because it was healthy for me. I will never forget those words, Now let’s go plant some beets.
Let’s get started
There are many different varieties of beets that you can choose from, you have golden beets, Detroit’s dark red beets, Chioggia beets, early wonder top tall beets and Burpee golden beets.
Choose a location that gets plenty of sunlight, make sure add compost and organic matter to the planting area and remove rocks out of the plant bed because rocks will hinder the roots from establishing, plant seeds 1/2 inch in soil and about 1-2 inches apart.
Make sure the soil remains moist at all times, the outer shell of beets is somewhat hard, so keeping the soil moist will also add in softening the outer shell or soak seeds in warm water overnight that is to be planted so that the seeds can germinate more quickly. You can plant seeds in March-April and again from June-September.
Watch out for pests such as aphids, flea beetles, and leaf miners.
Beets reach maturity anywhere from 50-70 days, Or when you see the top part or leaf grows to about six inches this is another indication that beets are ready to harvest.
Fresh beets can be stored in your fridge for 5-7 days, the tops of beets can be eaten also so if you plan on eating the top or leaf greens of beets cut them off and store them separately. For more information about beets click on this link. Nutritional facts about beets.
Planting and care of corn
One of the most popular snacks that moviegoers love is popcorn, even as a child when going to the movies just the thought of popcorn added to the excitement. I also remembered the gardens that I planted as a child and one of the seeds that were often included in my garden were corn seeds.
So we will be looking at how corn makes their journey from the ground to our tables to being used in many ways including the movie houses.
Let’s get started
Choose a sunny location, add compost and organic matter to planting are for best results. When planting corn seeds plant in rows of about 8-10 inches apart, place 4-6 seeds in each planting hole.Each row should be spaced about 23-33 inches.
Make sure that the soil stays moist do not over water, Cultivate around the young seedlings for the first 3-4 weeks to keep weeds down. Or what you can do also if you don’t want to damage the roots is add mulch to keep down weeds. watch out for pests such as flea beetles and cutworms.
Harvest corn when three weeks after corn silks appears, Gently pull back a part of the husk to check for ripeness. pierce about 2 -3 kernels with your fingernail, if a white or milk like liquid comes out the corn is ready to harvest. Dry silk or a yellow faded green sheath means that the ear has passed its prime. For more information about corn click this link. Nutritional facts about corn.
So make sure and keep check on those ears so you can get the best harvest
Planting and care of cabbages
Cabbages are a vegetable that can be used in many ways, one of the ways that I love to use them is in soups and salads. like every vegetable care should be taken when growing cabbages in order to get the best results.
Choose a sunny location that gets about six hours of sunlight, Make sure that the soil in the planting area is enriched with compost and organic matter. Seeds should be placed about 12-24 inches in rows and 1/2-1 inch in the soil. keep plants well watered make sure soil is moist at all times.
Keep an eye out for weeds and weed as needed, watch out for pests such as aphids, flea beetles, cabbage worms and cabbage root maggots.
Harvest cabbage when cabbage head is firm or after 70 days, Don’t let the head over ripe because the head of cabbage will split. After harvesting removes roots and stems to avoid disease buildup. Cabbage can be stored in the fridge for about two weeks.
Once they are wash make sure that they are dry and then wrap them tightly with plastic wrap, with that said lets plant some cabbage. For more information on cabbage click this link. Nutritional facts about cabbage.
Planting and care of potatoes
Where would potato chip be without potatoes or what about those tasty fries that we get from Wendy’s, Mc Donalds, Burger King or some other fast food place, In this article, we will be looking at how to plant and care for potatoes to bring them from our garden to our tables.
Let’s get started
For best results choose a sunny location, make sure that the soil in the garden area is enriched with compost and organic matter, work the soil and remove rocks and other debris from the garden area. Till and break up any hard and clumpy soil.
The rows should be 12 inches apart and the seeds should be planted about 3-4 inches into the soil, make sure keep the garden area well watered. Potatoes like moisture so keep soil moist, another way to plant potato
is to cut a potato in half or pieces make sure that each piece has about 2-3 three eyes or indents on the surface, place these pieces in the sun for about 2 days when you see sprouts coming out of the eyes it’s time to get them in the soil.
Dust the pieces with agriculture sulfur, place the sides that are cut in the soil and the eye or the sprouts pointing up and 3-4 inches below the soil level in the mounds. As leaves start to appear, keep putting soil around your mounds to prevent the potato from showing.
Insects to watch out for are white grubs, and wireworms, these can be found below ground. The above-ground insect is Colorado potato beetle, potato leafhoppers, and aphids. To learn more about how to control these insect clicks this link. Pest control methods.
You will know when your potatoes are ready to harvest when the top part of the potatoes begins to flower, So let’s put on those gloves that hat and grab a shovel and begin to plant some potatoes. For more information about potatoes click on this link. Nutritional facts about potatoes.