A Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardens
Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to eat fresh, save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Here are three foods that are easy to grow to get your garden started.
Tomatoes are one of the easiest and most popular foods to grow. Because they require several weeks for the first fruits to grow, it’s best to plant them indoors before spring. Tomatoes do not like the cold, so ensure that the nights are warm before putting them outside. To plant them, remove the last leaf from the plant and cover the plant in earth up to its first leaves. Whether in pots or directly in the garden, tomatoes need several hours of sunshine per day. Many varieties are available. Give them a try!
Cucumbers require very little effort to get an interesting crop. They also love the heat, so wait until the risk of ground frost has completely passed before planting them. Cucumbers grow on a vine. Whether on a trellis or in the ground, they must be in full sun. When watering them, don’t overdo it. Also, don’t water them with water that is too cold or they will have a bitter taste. Your cucumbers will be ready to pick as soon as they reach about ten centimeters. You can even replant seedlings in mid-summer to get another crop.
3. Fine herbs
It’s always handy to have herbs readily available. Because they are often expensive to buy in the grocery store, growing them at home is a real advantage. They grow equally well in a pot or in the ground. If you’re planting them outdoors, wait until after the last spring frost. Some herbs are more sensitive to cold than others. Wait until June to plant basil. Mint can be invasive, so it’s best to use a pot as opposed to planting it in your garden. There are many different types of herbs. Be adventurous and discover some of the lesser known species such as Vietnamese coriander which has a lighter taste, or lemon balm, a beautiful lemony perennial that can be used when preparing fish. And best of all, there’s no waste: the last leaves of your herbs can always be used to whip up some delicious pesto!