Vegetable plants

The queen of garden plants: the tomato

Among the vegetable plants, the tomato is the most widespread. The reasons are various, the ease of growth, the possibility of keeping it in the form of a sauce or peeled and its intrinsic goodness. It is a plant that is well suited to hot climates, in fact it suffers from frosts. Its diffusion is due to the fact that it is massively present in Mediterranean cuisine. The varieties of this garden plant are many: from small cherry tomatoes to large oxheart, from smooth rounds to cherry tomatoes. There are early and late varieties. Among the vegetable plants, perhaps, it is the most numerous in terms of different qualities. Sowing is done in early spring or late winter if in a greenhouse. Fielding, on the other hand, can be done from April to July, depending on the reference climate zone. Where good weather lasts until October, for example in Sicily, they can be planted twice a year. In spring and early summer. Pay attention to irrigation, at the beginning of the crop they are greedy for water, but suffer from stagnation.

What to grow in the garden

We talked about tomatoes, recognizing their role as the queen of garden plants. But there are many species that we can have fun growing: zucchini, for example. Sowing can be done in two ways, either in the greenhouse, towards the end of winter or in spring directly on the ground. In the first case it will be necessary to transplant the seedling, from the jar where it has germinated to the field. The courgette plant needs space, so they will be planted leaving at least one meter between one plant and another. When it grows it will need a lot of water. Pay attention when you see the first courgette, in the space of a day it doubles in volume. It is not recommended to let them get too big, the pulp would become hard and fill with seeds. Another common plant in the garden is the pepper. It is sown or transplanted like the tomato. Be careful not to plant them too close, they could “bastardize” giving rise to fruits that will not be tomatoes or peppers.

Climbing plants to grow in the vegetable garden

Beans, peas, cucumbers and green beans are the garden climbing plants par excellence. Although there are dwarf versions, creepers are the most popular. Peas, beans and green beans are sown and grown in the same way. Once the prose is destined, holes are made, spacing them at least thirty centimeters apart. In each hole put 4 or 5 seeds, no more. After about a fortnight they will sprout. As the plants grow they must be tied to a support pole and each hole must have one. The holes must be mirrored on the sides of the prose, so you get pairs of poles, which must be tied at the top of each other. All the couples, then, must be blocked with a long pole placed horizontally. Basically you have to build a kind of scaffolding that will hold your vines. About every 60 centimeters, you have to pull some threads for the horizontal support. You will disassemble this system at the end of the season, putting away the supports that you will reuse the following year.

Vegetable plants: Buy vegetable plants

If you do not have the possibility to sow, or you want to be sure to have your vegetable garden working in a short time, the best solution is to buy the vegetable plants directly. Of course it is less economical than sowing, but certainly more effective and faster. In spring, crates of small freshly sprouted plants appear on the benches of the nursery: tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, courgettes and various salads. You just have to take them home and plant them in the prose of your garden. The vegetable plants that you can grow are so many, make sure of the quality of the land you have available. A land that is too “fat” is not good for carrots, it will produce them full of roots, while a land that is too “dry and lean” it is not suitable for courgettes because it will make them grow small. In short, every vegetable wants the right land. Also find out how crop rotation works, it will be useful to you.

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