The book “Garden the Organic Way” is now available in softcover and would make a perfect holiday gift or reading material during the offseason gardening months. The book serves as a comprehensive guide to organic gardening, covering all stages from being an absolute beginner to harvesting delicious fruits and vegetables. It also emphasizes soil restoration and sustainable practices. It can help plan upcoming gardens, increase crop production, and enhance overall garden productivity. It’s available on Etsy via the link provided on the website.
Cool Weather Crops
Carrots have a slow germination rate, taking up to 30 days to germinate. It is recommended to use a fast-germinating companion plant like radishes or mark the seeding spot. More insights can be obtained from the book ‘Garden the Organic Way’ or the respective YouTube gardening videos.
Sorrel, a perennial herbaceous plant, belongs to the buckwheat family with two common types being Garden and French sorrel. It is recognized for its citrus or sour flavor, and its leaves add a tangy taste to salads. Sorrel is hardy, adapted to various climates and its roots are invasive, thriving even in poor soil conditions. It grows best in moist, sandy soil, and its leaves should be harvested when young for a milder flavor. It’s recommended to eat in small quantities due to the high level of oxalic acid.
Growing broccoli, a nutrient-rich superfood from the cabbage family, requires special care. It thrives in full sun, cooler weather, and well-drained soil with pH 6.0-7.5. Over-fertilizing or neglecting watering habits can hinder growth. Transplant indoors-grown broccoli outdoors once it has true leaves. Conversely, direct seed outdoors for fall harvest. Different varieties mature at different times, thus enabling a stretched harvest season. However, they face threats from pests like cabbageworms, flea beetles, and cutworms, so protective measures are necessary. Some recommend a three-year family rotation to prevent disease buildup.
Growing Collard Greens is simple and rewarding due to their high nutritional value. These leafy vegetables prefer cool weather and are adaptable to a range of soil pH levels. They are susceptible to common cabbage family pests and diseases but can be protected with a floating row cover and crop rotation. For optimal taste, harvest them after the first frost.
Some vegetables require pollinators for successful growth, benefiting both plants and bees. Examples of essential pollination-dependent vegetables include cucumbers, peppers, and various berries, along with fruit trees like apple, cherry, pear, and plum. Bees play a crucial role in pollinating a wide range of foods, including apples, blackberries, cucumbers, and strawberries.
Why don’t I get beets or radishes, only leaves? I often get asked this question. Watch video for a complete answer. When you are getting only leaves in beets or radishes without bulb formation can be attributed to several reasons. The following factors may contribute …
Timing and Temperature Requirements Growing carrots is easy once they germinate. Carrots are a cool season crop of the same family as parsley but will tolerate some heat depending on the variety. The ideal temperature for root development is when the soil is between 60°F …
How to grow broccoli rabe: Here in the US they use the name broccoli rabe (or raab) for a vegetable commonly grown in the Mediterranean and Asia. It’s also known as rapini, broccoletti or broccoletti. It belongs to the cabbage family of broccoli, collards, kale …
The provided information about growing kohlrabi is a comprehensive guide that covers various aspects of planting, maintenance, harvesting, and pest control. It includes details on the plant’s characteristics, ideal growing conditions, and practical tips for successful cultivation.
By following these guidelines, both novice and experienced gardeners can effectively grow kohlrabi and enjoy its nutritious bulbs and leaves.
Parsley, a member of the carrot and celery family, is a cold-weather plant that can thrive from spring to late fall, enduring some frost. It’s a biennial, but it’s best grown as an annual due to its quick transition to seed production in the second year. There are two common types: flat-leaf Italian parsley, preferred for cooking, and curly-leaf parsley, which is more vigorous. Hamburg and Japanese parsley are also available. When planting, start seedlings indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost, and set them out a few weeks before the last frost. Parsley prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade, and it requires fertilization as the season progresses. The plant is ready to harvest in about 70 to 90 days after planting. It’s important to be patient when direct seeding, as parsley seeds can take up to a month to germinate. The plant should be watered early in the morning to prevent wilting. Pests and diseases that affect the cabbage family will also attack parsley. The provided information offers a comprehensive guide to growing and using parsley, including details on its types, planting, light requirements, fertilization, watering, and pest control.
The easiest vegetables to grow in spring are many. There are many vegetables that are truly easy to grow and, if you take the time to learn about each vegetable and a little patience, they are all easy. Having said that, there are some vegetables …