Tips To Grow Vegetables

Do you ever wonder the fresh vegetables and fruits you buy from the market to maintain your health and fitness how healthy they actually are? I agree vegetables are a staple part of our diet and need to be consumed daily, many of the major nutrients, proteins, vitamins, are made available to our body by these vegetables. Has this ever provoked your thought like how much quantity of insecticides, pesticides enter our body through these vegetables. Won’t it be great if I introduce you to easier methods of growing vegetables in your garden organically?

Top 10 vegetables that could be grown in small spaces-

Coriander (Dhaniya)
These are leafy vegetables which can be grown in small pots even in your window sill. Just sprinkle some seeds in a good potting mix and water regularly. Coriander generally takes time of about 8-10 days to germinate. I split the seed into halves or soak the seeds overnight before planting to ensure maximum germination.

Mint (Pudina)

How does the idea sound to you of having some freshly picked mint leaves chutney. You can easily grow these in pots. It can be grown from seeds or if you have store brought mint stems with roots you can plant that too. 

Spinach (Palak)

Making your children grow leafy vegetables like spinach motivates them to eat green vegetables. All you need is a wide pot (12’’-14’’). Sow spinach in cooler season as spinach tends to get bitter in summers. I usually don’t pluck the whole plant out rather I just pluck the bigger leaves 1” above the ground and let the whole plant grow back again.

 

Chillies (Mirchi)

Chillies are best grown in big pots. You have an ingredient organically ready for your spiciest dishes. Ensure to keep the pot in sunlight.

 

Carrot

These are best grown in cooler temperature. Carrots require pots that are deeper than wider.

 

Radish (Mooli)

These are similar to carrots. Preferably plant these in June-July and they are ready to be pulled out in 40-45 days and washed and thinly sliced for your salad. My secret for easy pulling of radish is to water them 1 day beforehand.

 

Beet (Chukundar)

Tuber crops require good drainage. Plant beet in deeper pots. Nothing matches a chilled beet and carrot smoothie in the morning.

 

Cucumber (Kakadi)
These plants can be grown in pots near the wall or where support for climbing is available.

 

Tomatoes (Tamatar)

Letting kids pluck fresh tomatoes is a great way of making them eat salad. Tomatoes requires lot of sun and little sunlight. Tomatoes bear fruit all summer.

 

Beans (Faliyan)

There are many kind of beans but broad beans are easiest to grow and manage. Multi pluck varieties of beans are available in the market. You will easily get 2-3 full production in the whole season.

 

Common measures to be taken-

  1. Seed– Prefer to buy good quality seeds from certified shops. Varieties that are best suited to be grown in pots and gardens.
  2. Saplings– For vegetables like cucumber, chillies and tomatoes you can directly buy saplings from a nearby nursery. They grow faster are hardy and easy to maintain.
  3. Soil– Though the space is limited so it is advised good pulverised soil that is rich in nutrients as vegetables are exhaustive crops. For proper growth of vegetables nutrients must be released slowly. Use of a good potting mix is advised. You can make a DIY potting mix by taking soil, sand and FYM(compost) in the ratio of 1:1:1 or you can use readymade potting mix available in the market, like I prefer MAGIC SOIL by URBAN GARDENS.
  4. Pots– Ensure that the pot is big enough to grow vegetables, if the roots doesn’t get proper space to grow than the vegetative growth will be poor.
  5. Light– vegetables prefer direct sunlight. Keep them in places where sunlight is received all through the day.
  6. Irrigation– Vegetables require a good amount of water, but not at once. Water the plants twice a week but don’t allow water stagnation. Keep the plants near t a source of irrigation.
  7. Drainage– This is one of the most important things to keep in mind while growing vegetables. Choose pots that have multiple drainage holes. Don’t overwater the plants and allow the water every time to drain completely by just drenching the soil.
  8. Nutrients– Vegetables are exhaustive crops so it is necessary to provide them with organic fertilizers or liquid fertilizers for best results. There are a variety of liquid fertilizer available in the market like GREEN DIET by URBAN GARDENS.
  9. Pest– Pest and disease management can be ensured by clean cultivation, drainage facility and timely weeding. 

Though I understand for people like me who do not have a green thumb it is a bit more tedious to grow and maintain vegetables in the garden but I won’t be wrong in stating that the happiness of consuming produce from your own garden is way more than the store brought vegetables. In addition, you are assured that it is free from all the harmful chemicals. Do share with me which vegetables you grew in your garden.

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