Growing vegetables in your own garden is a great idea because it is not only satisfying but also healthy. However, a lot of people can’t have a successful crop despite the fact that planting a vegetable garden is not very difficult. One of reasons for that failure is that they don’t grow proper greens.
Here are top 5 vegetables that you should grow in your small garden.
Kale is a member of the cabbage family and known as a superfood loaded with plenty of essential vitamins and minerals. While this vegetable is generally thought of as a cold weather crop, it needs full sunlight and a soil temperature between 40 and 70 degrees F to grow. To have a successful garden of kale, you need to have the seed planted about 1/2-inch deep and spaced 12 to 15 inches apart. You can harvest kale 70 to 95 days after planting.
Tomatoes are rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins like iron, magnesium, niacin, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. They're also an excellent source of the antioxidant lycopene. With adequate sunlight, water and patience, you will be able to grow tomatoes in your small garden successfully. Firstly, you space tomato plants 18 to 36 inches (45 to 90 cm) apart. Remember to place the plant in a hole so that two-thirds of the plant will be below the soil surface. Then you fill the hole with dirt and water thoroughly. It is said that 6 plants grown in open ground can supply a family of 4 with enough tomatoes to eat fresh and use for canning or sauce.
Radishes are short, red, round and very hardy. You should plant them 1/2-inch deep and 1 inch apart. They thrive in pots and raised beds. This root crop matures very fast and it needs six to eight hours of sunlight. Radishes are ready to harvest when the roots are approximately 1 inch around.
You will not regret if you make room for at least one cuke in your garden. Cucumbers are nutritious and they can be eaten in a variety of ways. To grow cucumbers in your garden, you plant 4 to 5 seeds about 1/2” (12mm) deep and water the soil thoroughly so that it is saturated. When the plants have five or six leaves, you should pinch out the growing tip and allow side branches to grow. When the fruit appears, you can give it a boost by feeding every fortnight with a fertiliser high in potash.
5. Leaf lettuce
Leaf lettuce is sweet, tender and is great in salads. It prefers cool soil and needs six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day. You should tease the leaf lettuces apart and plant separately for a bigger crop. Frequent light watering is also needed. This type of vegetable is easy to harvest by picking the outer leaves, which lets the plant continue to grow and produce.