Vegetables in your own garden
Those who have their own garden are lucky. Of course it should be used ripe, for blooming flowers and small oases for recreation, but also for growing vegetables. And this is easier than you might think, even if you have no horticultural training. Of course it needs a little experience, but that comes naturally over […]
Those who have their own garden are lucky. Of course it should be used ripe, for blooming flowers and small oases for recreation, but also for growing vegetables. And this is easier than you might think, even if you have no horticultural training. Of course it needs a little experience, but that comes naturally over time. At some point, the gardening year becomes second nature and you automatically take care of the things that are important at the right time. Good soil is essential for the successful cultivation of vegetables. The first step in a new garden is therefore to create one or better two compost bins.

Good soil is the most important requirement

Now you don't have to wait a year or two before you can start growing vegetables. Maybe you have good soils anyway. Otherwise there is suitable soil to buy. It makes a lot of sense to create raised beds or use black spacious containers and bowls from the hardware store to sow and plant vegetables. The useful thing about both options is that they are easy to manage and easy to overlook. They bring advantages when watering or when fighting snails and voles. A properly laid out vegetable patch is of course also suitable for growing vegetables.

Some vegetable varieties with guaranteed success

Very grateful for beginners is the setting of beans. The right time for this is May. With good and sufficient soil and irrigation a rich harvest is almost guaranteed. You should invest a little bit in the seeds, because great varieties like blue beans, which do not form threads, are simply more fun. After a first harvest you will have your own seeds next year. Of course, at least for tendrilous varieties you need a scaffold or taut lines. Potatoes are also very grateful and suitable for beginners. They should be piled up. Another very productive method is to cover the potato shoot with soil in high containers. In this way, new tubers are always formed and with luck the whole container is full in autumn. Potatoes are also planted in May and harvested when the cabbage has withered. As seeds, quite normal table potatoes are suitable.

The secondary school of vegetable growing

For tomatoes and peppers you need a hand. Of course you can buy young plants everywhere, also for lettuce, kohlrabi and much more. However, if you are looking for special varieties of tomatoes and peppers, you will hardly find them at the hardware store. There are online suppliers for old varieties. From the second year at the latest, the seeds should be grown on the windowsill itself from February onwards. Very grateful is also the sowing of pumpkin and zucchini. Under certain circumstances they can be sown directly into the compost, but in any case into humus-rich soil. Then a plant could already become a self-runner and bear fruit until late autumn. A good fertilizer for vegetables is a self-made brew of nettles. This stinks terribly and must be covered, but it really helps. A few pots of garden herbs are a must in the vegetable garden.  

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