The Vegetable Garden Planner

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 thrive 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 beware of is weeds. Spinach doesn’t like them, so use some time to weed once in a while to keep it away from your spinach. Spinach also like a bit moistly and not too sunny area, so mold might become a problem. Clean dirt of the leafs once in a 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 cut of all the leafs about an inch from the base, and then 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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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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