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Consumer Guide, "Vegetable Gardening Encyclopedia "
Galahad Books | 1982 | ISBN: 0883655942 | 384 pages | PDF | 12,8 MB
The first step to planning a successful vegetable garden is to decide which vegetables to grow. This may sound fairly straightforward, but there are a lot of factors involved, and you need to answer some basic questions: What vegetables do you and your family like? Do you want to eat all your crop fresh, or store or preserve some of your harvest? Can you grow the vegetables you like successfully in your climate? How much time and energy can you put into your garden? The first factor to consider is personal preference.
What vegetables do you like to eat? The first decision to make in choosing what to grow in your vegetable garden is simple: What vegetables do you and your family like to eat? Perhaps you’d love to grow peas because you remember how wonderful they tasted fresh out of the garden in your childhood. Or maybe your family’s crazy about spinach salad or broccoli casserole, or you’re just plain tired of frozen vegetables.
What are you going to do with it? How do you plan to use your vegetables, and what are you going to do with the part of your crop that you don’t eat as soon as it’s harvested? Do you want to freeze, can, dry, store, or make preserves with some of your crop?
How much do you need? How you plan to use your vegetables directly affects how much of each vegetable you want to grow, and will influence your decision about the kind of vegetable you’re going to plant — all carrots aren’t alike, and there are hundreds of different tomato varieties.
Can you grow it? Not all vegetables grow satisfactorily in ail climates. Some vegetables like it hot; some refuse to grow in hot weather. Some vegetables flourish when it’s cold; others just shiver and die. Certain plants go from seed to harvest in a couple of months and will grow almost anywhere in the United States — green beans and some kinds of lettuce are among these obliging vegetables. Others are very picky and need a long stretch of warm or cool weather. You have to take the plant’s needs into consideration before you can make a decision on whether or not it’s a practical choice for your home garden.
Do you have room for it? There are plants that are rather like large pets — they’re very endearing, but you just can’t live with them because they’re too big. You want to grow vegetables that will give you a reasonable amount of produce in the space that you have available. Some vegetables — especially some vining crops like pumpkins — need a great deal of room and give you only low yields, so they’re not a practical choice in a small home garden. And if you’re growing an indoor container garden, you’ll do fine with cabbages in flowerpots, but there’s simply no place you’re going to put a healthy watermelon vine or a Jerusalem artichoke.
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