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Growing Spinach

Spinach is another great beginner vegetable.

Growing spinach don`t require any advanced gardening techniques, and in 4-6 weeks you can start harvesting the crisp and tasty leafs.

As most spinach types don´t trive in to warm weather, the best time to grow spinach is in the spring or fall.  Some types even survive outside thru the winter, if you don´t live in a too cold area.

One thing to be ware of are weeds. Spinach don’t like them, so use some time to weed once in a while to keep it away from you spnach. Spinach also like a bit moistly and not to sunny area, so mold might become  a problem. Clean dirt of the leafs once in i while, and all you have to do is wait, and water.

When harvesting the spinach you can pick of the biggest leafs and let the smaller once grow some more. This way you have spinach all year long. For bigger harvests you can but of all the leafs about an inch from the base, and most types will grow out again.

Fresh spinach is great in salads. You can also cook them, but remember that you will need much more than you think, as spinach fall together when you cook them and ends up in almost nothing. Spinach can also be frozen for later use. Make sure you stock up on this healthy vegetable before winter kicks in.

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Why grow your own vegetables

Why should you start as a vegetable garden planner?

Everybody have their own reasons for wanting to grow their own vegetables. Here at the vegetable garden planner we have listed some of the most common reasons and why we think they are good reasons. If you struggel with motivation, this list might help you over the bump.

Money:

You get fresh organic vegetables for a reasonable price. Unless of course you count in the hours you spend caring for your newly planted seeds, and don’t count the work you have to do to prepare the soil before planting,  nor the time it takes to harvest the finished vegetables. All these things are called terapy by some dedicated vegetable farmers anyway.

Organic:

If you are in to organic vegetables there are no better way of ensuring that you get the real deal than making them yourself. You can controll every aspect of the process if you do all the work yourself. You can make sure the soil, compost and seeds all meet the demands of organic vegetables.

 

Feeding kids vegetables:

Getting kids to eat more vegetables are not always easy.  Our experience is that most kids love eating vegetables they have grown them self. Get you kids in on the project and the whole family will enjoy the vegetables and the time you spend caring for and harvesting the vegetables. The first time you plant something with your kids we recommended that you select a fast and easy to succeed with vegetable to reduce the possibility for failure. We recommend starting with something like Radish.

Always fresh herbs and vegetables:

Every meal gets better using fresh herbs and vegetables. Having a good selection of herbs in your garden or windowsill will transform your plain, everyday dish,  to a culinary masterpiece. Adding fresh vegetables will transform a boring steak to a colorful and tasty meal. By adjusting to the season and maybe moving some of the production indoors, you can always have fresh vegetables available. And if the winter season is to long in your area, select something that stores well or can be frozen.

 

Why do you grow your own vegetables?

If you have other reasons for growing your own vegetables, please let us know by commenting this article.

 

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Growing Radish

Here at the Vegetable Garden Planner we recommend everybody starting their first vegetable garden to start with something that assures a high success factor.

Radish is such a vegetable.  Growing Radish don’t demand much sun and is ready for you to eat in no time. It takes a radish about a month from the seed is sown to the vegetable are ready for use. Radish is also a very under utilized vegetable. Slice it up and use it on salads. Chop it up and use it in wok or casserole.

Many different varieties of radish are common to see in vegetable gardens. They are usually divided into two different groups. Summer and Winter radish. The most popular summer radishes are The April Cross, Cherry Belle and Red King. It might not come as a surprise that these varieties is called summer radish because they thrive best in the spring and summer.

Winter radishes are Black Spanish and Daikon. In addition to thriving in a bit colder weather, winter radishes also store better that the summer counterpart. Two weeks are not uncommon for winter radishes to keep in an refrigerator, but summer radishes usually just keep 5 to 7 days.

Radish can be planted close to other vegetable that use more time to grow. That way you can harvest the radish before the other vegetables grows over them and cover the light for the radishes. This way you can utilize the area you have available better.  Also planting the radish seeds in a zigzag pattern will utilize the space even better.

Radish don’t demand to much from the soil. The most important thing is that it is moist and 6 hours of sun is enough. Water the plot at least weekly and more in extreme warm and dry periods.

 

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Your first vegetable garden

When planning you first vegetable garden there are a few key point you have to take into consideration to increase you chances of success. What kind of vegetable will you alike to grow and what vegetables are suitable for your plot or area.

First thing is to  assembled a list of vegetables you and your family like. This to ensure that whatever you grow it will be eaten. There is no bigger let down then growing fine organic  vegetable in your carefully planned vegetable garden, just to discover that nobody eats them and they have to be thrown away.

When you have your list of vegetables that you and the family likes you need to cross references this with the plot or area you have available. Failing to do this will decrease you chances for success with your first planned vegetable garden.

The reason for this is that the sun, space and soil are the most important parameter for  vegetables to grow. If your plot don’t have a lot of sun, vegetables like tomatoes and peppers will not thrive. If you love pumpkin you might want to consider the space they need when growing. When you only have a small vegetable garden, you can add needed minerals to the soil, but if you plan a bigger project, looking at the soil and what characteristics it have are more important. This is not the target for this site.

The next step is to decide on the layout of your garden. this again depends on your available area and how much sun hits each part of your garden. If you only have a windowsill available, there is still hope, but some vegetable might be harder to succeed with.

 

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