We all love the spring, don't we? The flowers are blooming, everywhere we go is turning greener, the climate is warmer and warmer - it's definitely a seasons to be outside! But there's more to it than just hanging outdoors. Spring is also the perfect time to stop putting it off and start growing your own vegetables. Since the weather is so nice in spring, growing them is fairly easier, which is why is great for people that has never grown a plant in their lives.
So, if you're living in Southern California and feel tempted to have your own vegetables, don't let this opportunity pass you by. You can start today! You just have to now what vegetables you should plant in this season. Fortunately, we've done the hard work for you and compiled a list that will certainly come in handy. You're welcome!
If you're like most people, when you think about your garden, you think green. And green in the vegetable world can be many things but the most obvious choice is lettuce. There are many options there, but why not plant some green iceburg lettuce? Iceburg lettuce has a nice crunch to it and you can easily enjoy it with other field greens or as a topping in your favorite sandwich this summer. Iceburg lettuce is easy to grow and offers the benefit of hydrating your body as well, so you should definitely think of it as your best choice to start.
Radishes are another favorite and go great in salads and all kinds of recipes. For some, a radish even makes a great little snack and is easy to pop in to your mouth. Radishes benefit us by aiding in our digestion, cooling our bodies, and easing sore throats. They have fast harvest cycle and their crops are ready for consumption in about 4 weeks, which is a great way to try your hand in growing your vegetables.
The beautiful thing about carrots is that you can eat them raw or cooked or steamed. No matter what you choose, carrots are easy to grow and yummy to eat. Besides, they really do help in getting a better vision and also gives us the benefit of fighting off cancers. Isn't that something you want in your garden?
Beets are an excellent source for cleansing our systems and are high in vitamins and minerals. They purify our blood, prevent cancers and provide important iron. Though beets can't be transplanted easily and therefore should be treated gently, you only need to water them well to watch them grow quickly. That means that you'll have a season-long crop in no time to provide a nourishing bounty for you and your family.
There is so much to say about the benefits of spinach. For starters, it provides iron, vitamins A and K, magnesium, calcium and potassium and those are just to name a few. The best is that you don't have to care for it that much. Just plant spinach in the ground somewhere in March or April to yield enough to enjoy all summer long.
You can plant tomatoes later in March or in April. There are so many varieties of tomato for your garden, you have almost endless options, so you just go with the ones that you love! Tomatoes are high in vitamin C and vitamin A, folic acid, lycopene, lutein and beta-carotene, just to name a few. Tomatoes are easy to plant, since they only need space to grow upwards. Just remember to water them properly and you'll have a delicious treat to snack on.
You can begin to consider planting eggplant in the ground later on in the month of April - today can be that day! Eggplant offers benefits for giving you fiber that you need for proper digestion and also helps stave off certain cancers.To cultivate them, remember to mulch the area where you want to plant. Additionally, watch out for fungal diseases, beetles and spider mites, since they are very harmful for the eggplant's growth.
There are so many varieties of squash that you are sure to find one that will make you smile. Squash is known to help reduce symptoms of asthma and to ward off certain cancers as well as lower blood pressure. May is a great time to plan squash in the ground. You'll also have to mulch them to retain the much needed moisture. Additionally, you should water your squashes thoroughly once a week and use a light fertilizer when the first blooms start to appear.
Whether you choose red or green or even yellow and bell peppers, there is so much variety in the pepper family. You can use it in omelets and with meats or to top a sandwich or salad. Plant in the ground in May and reap the rewards of boosting your metabolism and burning off fat. Care for peppers vary from one family to the other, so it'll be up to you to look up the proper cultivation method for your favorite pepper. Mind you, growing them is fairly easy, but you have to follow precise instructions to have better results.
Plant cucumbers in the ground anywhere from March to May and you will enjoy the fresh watery goodness of a cucumber all summer long. Cucumbers provide hydration and lots of vitamin B. Keep in mind that as watery as cucumbers are, you'll need to use up to a gallon of water per week for each plant. Since that can add up to a lot, be sure to use greywater or buy a rain barrell.
If you have enough space, you can plant the 10 plants on this list and have an amazing garden for your cooking to bloom along with the flowers. Try it, you'll find that growing your own vegetables isn't hard and will surely surprise you with how much fun it is!
Posted April 23, 2015
by Gabriel Posternak.