What is more satisfying than harvesting palak, tamatar, and gobi in your very own home garden?
Hands in the dirt, head in the sun, pouring life-giving water on tiny sprouts, - gardening is a highly rewarding activity, emotionally too. Besides, no more expensive purchases at the supermarket and no more waiting in long queues just to buy vegetables and fruits.
It’s no wonder why home gardening is one of the most refreshing hobbies to take up.
But what if you have never done gardening before? Maybe you had the time or space years ago, and now you want start over again.
Make your new-found interest easier with tips to grow these fruits and vegetables easily in your backyard or home garden. All you need is good nutrient-dense soil, seeds, water, and patience.
Tips to Grow 9 Home Garden Vegetables
1. Bell Peppers
- Bell peppers or capsicums are water-rich vegetables which come in various colors such as green, red, yellow, purple, or even brown.
- Bell pepper plants require an ample amount of sunlight to produce a healthy, large fruit. So, you need to grow them in places that aren’t shaded by trees or walls.
2. Cherry Tomatoes
- Tomatoes grow well in sunny conditions and deep soil.
- Golden-red cherry tomatoes have a subtle sweetness and hang in clusters on vines. Once the plant starts to grow, you can support it with the help of a stick.
- Harvest them when you notice a change in their color.
- Cover the seeds with ½ inch of soil and keep watering them. Within 2-3 weeks, the seeds sprout.
- Carrots are typically ready to harvest after 50-60 days.
- Cabbage grows well in moist soil and cooler temperatures.
- It can be grown either as a spring crop or a fall crop.
- Broccoli has high calcium, iron and vitamin C content.
- The plants can be grown in pots, about 12-16 inches deep.
- High in fiber, iron, and potassium, peas grow on vines and can be handpicked easily.
- Pea plants give the best harvest under colder conditions.
- They also need support, such as a stick, to grow upwards.
- Beets are delicious even when raw and are the best addition to salads. They are very high in iron and potassium.
- Beet seeds can be planted in 12-inch deep containers. Harvest beets when small because at this size, they have the most flavor.
- Greens such as spinach are usually ready to harvest in just three weeks. They continue to grow even after trimming.
- These plants need both afternoon sun and evening shade.
- Cucumbers grow better in warmer conditions.
- You can plant the seeds 3-6 feet apart and start harvesting them once they reach their full size.
Seeing all your efforts flourish into something ‘fruitful’ is the best kind of joy.
Gardening requires regular physical activity. It is aesthetically pleasing and calming and is also an activity you can teach your grandchildren - let it be one of those unique gifts that keep bearing fruit.
So, pick your favourite veggies, and create your very own vegetable garden!