Time to plant vegetables in your garden?
The current weather trend's throughout the world are having dramatic results on the regional crops that are usually grown in that location. Whether this is due to global warming, Tropical storms, Volcanic eruptions or following a circular trend of weather patterns is for other's to discuss and argue over. For the average household the impact is going to be seen in rising grocer bills and a scarcity of the products we expect to see in abundance.
Is now the time for us to make use of the spare space in our own homes? Could we grow our own fruit and vegetables in our own gardens? In my opinion I think now is the ideal time to experiment with a certain degree of self sufficiency with fruit and vegetables, until the weather patterns even out it would seem a very wise idea. Our Garden's are usually left as a nice grass lawn, when they could reap a nice harvest of tasty and healthy produce.
Even if you only have a small amount of garden to grow produce, you would be surprised on what you can yield. For those of us who don't have access to a garden, it is amazing what you can grow inside with the correct conditions. As long as you have the right amount of sunlight you can encourage items such as Grapes, Tomatoes, Chillie's, Cress, Cucumbers, Peppers and Lettuces to grow in self contained boxes or up the side of your building.
I am very fortunate that my home has a front and a back garden, so my front garden is the children's play area and the rear is for my crop's. What you are able to plant and grow is dependent on where you live in the world, if it is the cold season right now you are limited to sowing your crop.
It is now nearing the end of Winter and we have dug over the garden where the Sun hits for the longest duration. Although I don't have a lot of space I have researched what I can grow and what extra work we need to do, so we can get a bumper harvest! By bumper harvest at least a couple of Carrot's and Tomato's for the Children to nibble on.
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This is a nice quick recipe which is ideally suited for those of us who fancy a nice meal out in the sunshine. This healthy meal also suits people who have dietary requirements like Diabetes.
Through the Winter months I have been busy removing obstacles around the garden that will impact the level of Sun my growing area receives. I live on an area that used to be ancient woodland and I have had to really remove lots of root systems that have an effect on the soil drainage. My growing area now slopes so the water run off no longer swamps the area my vegetables will be grown in. I have raised the top soil up to help the planted vegetables a lot more room for root growth.
I have also pruned my surrounding Tree's and Bushes to allow more light into the growing area, a larger area receiving more natural light will increase the energy my vegetables need to grow. If I had left the Garden's thick coverage of Rose bushes and Hornbeam, I would only be able to grow Rhubarb!
With my children I have already sown the Pepper's and Tomato plant's inside to protect them from the cold. I have been told leaving them on the Window ledge for a few weeks and then transferring the first shoots to individual pots will give a good yield. Once they start to sprout I will leave them on the sunny patio for a few more weeks, taking care to bring them inside at night or a cold snap. When the plant's hit April, I will plant against the Garden fence and allow them to grow naturally until the time is right for harvest.
In my raised growing area we have decided to grow Carrot's on one row, Leeks on the second row and are hoping the Lettuce will be a success when planted a bit later on. We are going to sow the first two row's sometime after Valentines Day but much is dependent on the weather at this time of the year.
Do you grow your own produce?
Now is the right time for me to plant my little vegetable patch, and in this my first disciplined attempt to grow the vegetables with the children I think it will be fun. I have done my research on what vegetables will grow in my Garden's soil type and I am growing food that the children and myself will enjoy. I am not expecting a bumper harvest but I am expecting to learn about a subject I have ignored for too long. Hopefully sharing this experience with the children will educate them on the healthiness of vegetables and the effort required to bring our food from field to the table.
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