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Growing Vegetables

Most probably, you are thinking that you have no idea about growing vegetables. You can however learn enough to be growing useful crops very quickly by spending time in your garden. You will learn a lot about each type of vegetable with time through your flaws / success – just get out and give it a go!

Vegetable Garden

The taste of home grown vegetables is superior to that of the commercially grown produce. Have you heard people complain that tomatoes no longer have any taste?

They will when you grow your own and they taste it – definitely the complain will not be about your tomatoes! The lack of taste with commercial crop is not all the fault of the growers.

They are under pressure to produce a crop of uniform size and colour, to a schedule for the wholesale market and ultimately the supermarket. You set your own schedule.

The freshness of your own crop is a big plus. Vegetables I have bought from the supermarket and stored in the refrigerator have started to become inedible after a few days. I had home grown produce still fresh in the refrigerator after 2 weeks!

Typically, your home garden will produce generously and can help pay for the cost of growing them. You can effectively end up having free vegetables. Summer especially, is usually a time of abundance.

Family and friends normally leave your place a boot full of vegetables. A tip – when giving away fresh vegetables, try to limit your generosity – it is better to give a small amount ever so often than more than they can actually use.

One of the turn-offs of trying something you have not done before is the intimidating flood of information (and misinformation) you will receive.

If you are browsing one of the major bookstores, you may find hundreds of books on the topic – which one do you buy? To begin with, look for the simple, basic information. Do not bother with those full of jargon – you will learn the technical terms as you go.

You will hear folklore from the family such as “Uncle Henry always put … (you name it) … on his … (name it again)”. Folklore is part of our heritage but there is no guarantee of its usefulness.

You will hear from the office genius who has done nothing but still knows all the answers – nod wisely and then ignore him.

Plants actually want to grow. It has been said that in many cases plants grow despite what we do to help them. If you provide the basics – reasonable nutrition and regular watering, Mother Nature does the rest. Let her work for you.

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