Is there anything better than eating a juicy tomato that has been warmed by the sun’s rays? Can crunchy carrots pulled up from your own soil be beaten? Growing your own edible garden is a true delight, and it means you’ve always got yourself covered when it comes serving up salad and veg.
When it comes to choosing the right vegetables to grow in your garden, you really can’t ignore those listed below. They’re nutritious, they’re tasty, and they’re easy to grow, even for beginners.
If you’re looking to grow something that will see you get your fair share of vitamin C (a whopping 130 percent of it, to be precise), then you should start growing broccoli in your garden.
To grow broccoli, you’re going to need starter and general-purpose fertiliser, compost, and a garden fork. With these tools in hand, you should then:
- Find a growing space in your garden that gets a lot of sunlight.
- Ensure that your soil is well-drained and packed full of calcium.
- Space your broccoli plants at least 18 inches part from each other, and plant them 1/2 inch deep into the ground.
- Feed them with some starter fertiliser.
Something that you should be wary of during the broccoli growing process is cabbage worm. To divert these little nuisances, cover your plants with lightweight sheets.
It may be too late to grow Brussels sprouts in time for this Christmas, but if you get started with them as early as you can in the new growing and harvesting season, your 2019 holiday season could be full of these little green delights — they’ll only be truly delightful, however, if you grow and prepare them properly.
- Starting your seeds indoors, preferably 6 weeks before spring frost ends.
- Getting a larger container readied outdoors once the true leaves begin to appear — work some fertiliser into the soil before transplant your sprouts into their new home.
- Keeping your transplanted sprouts 12 inches apart from one another.
- Watering well.
This one might be a little left-field, but it’s definitely worth it. Kangkong is a leafy vegetable that is a staple in most Southeast Asian diets, and it will prove to be easy for you to grow — it only takes three weeks and it doesn’t require all that much attention.
This easy-to-cultivate crop, otherwise referred to as Chinese water spinach, goes great in a garlic sauce. To create this dish, you should:
- Combine 4 tbsp Chinese rice wine with 2 tbsp Oyster sauce and 2 tbsp sugar.
- Mix together oil and 8 cloves of minced sauté garlic in a wok.
- Add 2 packs of kangkong to the wok and stir-fry it until it wilts.
- Pour the rice wine, Oyster and sugar combination into the wok and continue to stir-fry until the kangkong is tender.
- Stir in 1 tsp sesame oil.
If you’re considering growing something new in your edible garden, then make sure take the three veg options above into account. The nutritional benefits you will reap from doing so will prove to be unparalleled.