Growing your Own Vegetables
Saving Money by Growing Your Own Vegetables!!!!
So for the last few weeks I have been talking about gardening and specifically flowers.
While this is more my area, it have been getting requests for a tip about planting and growing your own vegetables so today seemed like the perfect time as we are now at the perfect time to start all those vegetable seeds indoors so the plants will be ready to be planted outdoors on or a little after May 24 weekend (After the last chance for frost in your area)
Sowing seeds for vegetable plants is no different really than how you do flower seeds.
As well there are many seeds that can be sown right in the garden itself when the weather is warm enough. Charts will be shown in pictures attached to this post.
So I decided it might be prudent to start at the beginning and talk about the 6 best, easiest to grow, lower maintenance, vegetables for the beginner gardener.
Whether you choose to till up the ground or plant in containers, these will give ypu a good foundation to grow on in the years to come.
One of the best ways to save money on those beautiful veggies is to grow them yourself!
However, if you are a beginner gardener then you might be overwhelmed!
There are vegetables that are quite forgiving and are a great place to start as a new gardener!!
1. Root vegetables.
Carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips, and radishes are wonderfully simple to grow since the vegetable is the root. You don’t have to worry about staking or caging since they don’t climb. Just make sure you label what you plant and where so you know what you’re pulling up when you go to harvest.
Lettuces (of all varieties) grow really well and will give you salad makings throughout the summer.
Okay, tomatoes seem like a lot of work, and the bigger varieties like heirloom and beefsteak may be, but if you look for smaller tomato varieties like cherry tomatoes or even some of the newer hybrids that are meant to be grown in smaller spaces, they are really quite simple. You’re probably better off planting a starter plant that you purchase from the garden department rather than planting from a seed; it can be hard to get a tomato plant to take. Plant some basil near your tomato plants as a natural bug repellent.
It also helps to have tomato cages or stakes to keep them off the ground. Try these hanging planters for tomatoes if you don’t have any yard space.
4. Green Beans
Depending which green bean variety you choose, you may want to plant them near a fence so they can climb. If you don’t have a fence, look for a variety that doesn’t climb.
They are extremely easy to grow, even starting just from seeds, and if you sow new seeds every few weeks, you’ll keep getting lots of delicious green beans.
5. Zucchini and Squash
Zucchini tend to take over a bit, and they can get really big – a wonderful thing if you’re into zucchini pie. You’ll have more than enough to share with family and neighbors, too.
Zucchini and other summer squashes like warm and moist soil, so planting them in the summer isn’t too late! If you have lots of room try pumpkins as well!!!
Many herbs (basil, cilantro, rosemary, etc.) are really simple to grow and are so unbelievably flavorful as compared to their dried counterparts. Start with just one or two, and label them well so you know what’s what.
Chances are good that once you start a garden this year, you’ll be hooked! Once you taste the delicious bounty of your own garden, it’s hard to go back to store-bought vegetables!!!
Happy Gardening Everyone!!!