Lets Change our Lifestyle: Grow Food Not Lawns
Starting your own vegetable garden can seem like a daunting and challenging task but with the correct guidance and knowledge of growth requirements, anyone is able to start growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in their own back yard. Grow Food not lawns.
One of the most important aspects of having a successful yield is taking into account the current season which you are in. This is because different groups of fruits and vegetables are grown in the different conditions that the seasons provide them with. Thus it is important to take into account what forces the weather may bestow upon the crops you are trying to grow. Here I will provide a rundown on when to grow specific types of vegetables.
There are three types of vegetables:
- cold-seasoned vegetables
- intermediate season vegetables
- warm seasoned vegetables. Cold-seasoned vegetables are vegetables which grow best between the temperatures of 10-20 degrees. Vegetables in this category include broad beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, onions, peas and spinach. Intermediate season vegetables grow best at temperatures around 15-25 degrees. These thus include beetroot, carrot, parsnip, celery and leeks. The final category, warm seasoned vegetables, grow best at temperatures above 20 degrees. Vegetables in this category include eggplant, potato, tomatoes and sweetcorn.
Another important factor to take into account is the pH of the soil that you intend to grow your vegetables on. The best pH for vegetables is around 6-7. You may wish to check the pH of your soil beforehand, and if it is too acidic, you can attempt to neutralize it with lime, which is available at most garden or home repair shops. The plants also need to be watered but not so much that the nutrients start to gush out, but not so little that they start to wilt. Another important thing to be aware of is mulching. When mulch is added to soils, moisture is more likely to stay, stop weeds from spreading and avoids temperature changes.
A long term trick you should also keep in mind is crop rotation. In order to make the soil more resilient to disease, you should try and avoid growing the same crops in the same patch of garden every season.
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