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soil-thermometerA vegetable gardener must have an inexpensive tool i.e. a soil thermometer.

A good quality soil thermometer helps throwing all guesswork away. As an experienced vegetable gardener knows , soil is the best indicator of when to plant a particular vegetable in the garden. Measuring soil temperature is the best and easiest way to determine timing for planting irrespective of the climatic conditions.

During the early spring season, you can plant cool-season vegetables such as peas and kale. This would not be good time to plant warm season varieties. Better keep them off.

Here is a brief description about the particular crop that will germinate at a particular soil temperature;

1. Below 40 degrees:      arugula, fava beans, kale, lettuce, pak choy, parsnips, peas, radicchio, radishes and spinach seed. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect City Home Gardening Tips

city home gardeningHaving a perfect garden in cities where space crunch is a big issue needs perfect planning and approach to execute. Setting up a garden and maintaining it also require good gardening practices to be adopted.

Too much of plants and green cover can make the task of upholding their beauty, a very grueling one. Lawns, small rooted plants, flowerpots can enhance the splendor of the garden. Avoid planting deep-rooted plants such as Mangoes and Neem as they can destabilize the foundation of your home.

Grow Fruits and Vegetables

The vegetables such as Tomatoes, Cucumber, Radish and Carrots can grow in the backyard if properly maintained. Fruits such as gooseberries can add a value to your garden and serve as a juicy treat. The external temperature should be conducive enough for them to survive. Factors such as sunlight, soil and water play an important role in determining their success. It helps to decide on the selection of seeds for the underlying soil layer. Read the rest of this entry

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAProduce grown in your own backyard is fresh, nutritious, and economical. Fresh fruits and vegetables are good for your vascular health. Better still, gardening is good exercise.

Increasingly popular, Americans are applying their green thumbs in backyard, window box, rooftop, and community garden plots. They’re growing their own fruits (strawberries, raspberries, peaches, grapes, and melons) and vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, carrots, radishes, and cucumbers).

Their results are a health and wealth bonanza. One dollar invested in a community garden plot yields $6 worth of vegetables according to the article, Health Benefits of Urban Agriculture: Public Health and Food Security on www.foodsecurity.org. Read the rest of this entry

Homegrown Crop Vegetables For Your Garden

crop vegetablesSpring season is the best time to plant crop vegetables.  April is a great month to sow pea, lettuce, spinach, carrot and beet seeds.  You can also start with potatoes and onions.  When selecting seeds a good rule of thumb is to choose disease resistant varieties – you’ll just have fewer problems in the garden.

Always plant vegetables you like and ones that your family will eat.  Radishes can be planted now and will mature in about 20 to 30 days.  For a continuous harvest, sow seeds every 7 to 10 days until late spring.  Carrots are similar to radishes in that they can be sown in intervals for a continuous harvest from early spring to early August.

Leafy greens include lettuce, spinach, collards, and kale.  All of these plants tend to become bitter with the onset of hot weather and their quality diminishes quickly.  For lettuce try “Black Seeded Simpson” or “Salad Bowl.” Read the rest of this entry

grow your ownSpring is here and the longer days and warmer weather provide the ideal time to start thinking about the edible garden. With dining in more popular than ever and more of us wanting to know the provenance of our food, lots of us are deciding to flex our green fingers and grow our own produce for the table.

There’s nothing more satisfying that growing your own. Home grown vegetables are much easier to produce than you might think. Even with the minimum amount of equipment and space, you can grow all sorts of delicious foods. It’s important to grow things that you like and that you have a plot in mind that offers some sunshine – even if it’s your front garden or an apartment balcony! Beetroot, squashes and even peas can look great in an ornamental garden so don’t be afraid to use any space you have. Read the rest of this entry

Growing Vegetables With Raised Beds in Your Garden

raised-garden-bedsRaised bed gardening is gaining popularity among the gardeners across the globe. Even the first time gardeners, and homeowners with smaller yards, senior citizens, and novice gardeners are now understanding the importance of compact and easy-to-maintain gardens.

The gardening times are now changing and now you have  raised beds in various sizes available in garden centers, catalogs and online. Interlocking corners make it possible to build one in a short period of time. Price varies with materials — plastic or cedar.

A 3-foot-by-6-foot, 10-inch deep bed will hold a variety of vegetables, both above ground and root plants such as tomatoes, herbs, onions and carrots. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Backyard Vegetable Gardening Tips

backyard gardenNothing beats the taste and health advantages of homegrown vegetables.  Backyard farming is not only good for the environment but also good for the community health.

“We want everyone to at least try growing their own food,” said author and longtime organic farming guru Barbara Damrosch. “It’s so wonderful when you do.”

“Gardening opens up a whole new spectrum of things you can eat,” Damrosch said. “You’re expanding your horizons.”

The beginners with backyard gardens should preferably start with a simple “salad garden” that fits into a 3-by-6-foot space. It may include a cherry tomato held upright in a cage-style trellis, plus beds of mixed leaf lettuce, Asian greens and spicy greens such as arugula, scallions, radishes and herbs. Growing l lettuces and greens will enable you trimming what you need and they grow back quickly. Read the rest of this entry

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