Vegetable Gardening – Growing From Seeds
The food you eat is fuel for your body. It needs to be nutritious, but you don’t always know what you are getting when you purchase food at the store. Especially when it comes to vegetables, there could be harmful pesticides and other chemicals on them that you would be ingesting into your system when you eat them. You want to be certain that the food you and your family eat is as healthy and free of harmful chemicals as possible. Well, one way you can be certain of this is to grow your own vegetables, and it really isn’t hard at all.
Vegetable gardening, growing from seeds, can be a hobby that allows you to grow your own healthy vegetables that taste delicious and are free of harmful pesticides. Even if you have only a small area in your backyard to work with, that is all you need.
You can start your seeds in seed trays or pots that you will keep in your home until the seedlings have grown large enough to be planted outside. Make certain to buy seeds from a reputable seed company to be assured of getting good, healthy plants. Use good potting soil, and plant your seeds at the depth that is required for that particular type of seed. The instructions on the back of your seed packet should tell you what the proper depth is for that plant. Be certain to water your seeds and to keep the soil moist, but don’t overwater. When your seeds start to sprout and you have seedlings a few inches in height, you can then replant them into your outside soil. You may want to protect your early plants by putting some type of netting over them (such as window screening) or by enclosing them in a fenced-in area where they will not be accessible to small animals. If you use netting, make certain that it does not come in contact with any of your plants, so that they will not be crushed. And when you replant your seedlings, be certain that the soil is warm and there is no threat of frost at night, as these seedlings are very delicate and can easily be killed by cold temperatures.
If you prefer, you can start your plants outside by putting the seeds directly into the ground. Find out what the proper planting time is in your part of the country (you can easily get this information through the Internet or by calling a local nursery) and plant your seeds at the appropriate time. Keep the soil moist, and you might want to consider adding a fertilizer to your soil that is specifically made for the purpose of helping your plants grow. Before your seeds have actually started to grow, you might want to cover them with burlap to protect them until they have grown and become stronger. By putting stakes in the ground, placing the burlap over the stakes and securing the edges of the burlap to the ground, you will be allowing the seeds to grow through the soil without being harmed by the weight of the burlap. This will assure that your seeds are protected should the temperature get a little cool at night or should you have a heavy rainstorm. When the plants start to grow, the burlap can then be removed.
As your plants mature, it’s exciting to watch them growing bigger and stronger. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your efforts produce healthy plants with delicious vegetables. And there are many different vegetables you can grow, such as squash, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and zucchini. Choose some of your favorites and watch them sprout in your own vegetable garden.
Certain plants, such as tomatoes, will grow tall and need support. You can put stakes in the ground and tie them to these stakes to help them grow straight, or you can even purchase tomato cages from a nursery or the garden department of your local store. In this way, your plants will be supported, which is especially important once tomatoes start to come out and weigh the plant down.
It is very enjoyable to eat healthy vegetables that you have grown yourself.