Growing Spaghetti Squash

spaghetti-squash-august-11Spaghetti squash belongs to the species of Cucurbita Pepo and is a variety of winter squash. The alternative names for it include noodle squash, vegetable spaghetti, spaghetti marrow in the UK, fish fin melon in China, and gold string melon in Japan. There are widely three varieties of this vegetable: ivory, yellow, or orange. The flesh or the inside of the vegetable is not of these different colors; only the color of the rind varies. Although these come in different varieties and colors, the taste of the vegetable is more or less the same. It cannot be eaten when raw, and one must know the method to cook it. There are different methods of cooking it; it could be either baked or microwaved, or it could be boiled or steamed. Once cooked, it needs to be scraped or scooped out using a fork. After the removal of seeds and voila, you have ready-to-eat spaghetti strands. Have you ever thought of growing this noodle-producing vegetable in your garden? It is indeed a healthy option for those who crave for noodles and pastas. The nutrition facts indicate that it could be categorized as a deserving low calorie diet. That should be a good reason for someone to add it to their vegetable garden.

How to Grow It?

Spaghetti squash is usually planted in the garden as it requires a lot of room to grow. When these reach at a height of 6 inches, they are left on the trallis to grow comfortably. Some also prefer the plant to just be the way it is and not spread on the trallis, and place a straw under the vegetable to prevent it from rotting.

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Growing Brussels Sprouts

maxresdefaultBelonging to the family Brassicaceae and genus Brassica, the plant develops sprouts, small heads resembling miniature cabbages along the axils of each leaf. This seasonal crop is frost resistant and grows best during winters or in slightly frosty weather. Brussels sprouts require a long growing period and when planted during late spring to early summer, it yields healthy, high quality sprouts as the weather begins to cool. Given below is the proper way of growing these sprouts in your home.

Planting
These sprouts are tolerant of nearly all soil conditions, except acidic soil. A firm nitrogen rich soil having pH levels between 6-6.5 is best for their growth. Before sowing the seeds, dig some organic content in the soil, to retain its moisture retention properties. The most preferable time to sow the seeds, is during mid spring to late summer. Hence, sow the seeds in small pots, and after the seedlings are about 6 inches in height or 5-6 weeks old, plant them in your garden soil. Add fertilizer and water while planting, and try maintaining the temperature up to 75°F for best results. The sprouts dwell well in sun or partial shade, and since they are top heavy, keep them from planting in areas that have strong winds.

Harvesting
Sprouts that are about 2-2.5 cm in diameter or ones that have started developing yellow lower leaves, can be picked. Cut them off the stem and remove all the loose leaves. Don’t let them grow too large, else they may start cracking, and become bitter. You can also pluck them, by taking off the yellowing leaves, and gently twisting the sprouts off.

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How to Plant Potatoes in a Garden

garden7Potato is one of the most staple foods in the human diet, which is loved by people of all age groups around the world. These crops grow underground, but they are not roots. These plants belong to the group of storage stems, which is labeled as tubers. They come in more than hundred varieties, and the white (very light brown) and red-skinned ones with white flesh are commonly found in home vegetable gardens.

Tips for Planting Them

Potatoes are very easy to grow; you just need to have a little bit of patience. Of course, you need to take proper care of seed tubers or potatoes; these can be obtained with the help of garden companies’ sites on the Internet, or you can directly buy them at local garden centers.

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Organic Vegetable Gardening

organic-vegetable-garden-basics2_organicforlife-coOrganic vegetable gardening is turning out to be one of the best options that are available in gardening. Organic gardening is the planting and growing of plants and vegetables without the use of any chemical fertilizers and depending solely on natural means of growing them. The advantages that this lends to is that the food is more natural, tastes better, provides for better nutrition, and is completely environment-friendly. In addition to that, it is not taken through processing and therefore there are no additional additives and the like to mar the taste and take away from the nutrition. All these organic food benefits makes this form of gardening a great option to look into.

This form of organic gardening is not at all difficult and there are several forms by which it can be carried out. These involve regular gardening as well as organic container vegetable gardening. To ensure that the garden grows well and lends to a lot of healthy produce, you need to keep some things in mind and follow some ways which will maximally benefit your cause. Here are some organic gardening tips.

Soil and Sun
The main thing that you need to do before anything else is to ensure that the soil conditions are perfect. Make sure that the soil is made extremely fertile by addition of mulch and organic fertilizers like compost, or by adding earthworms to the soil. This will ensure that the vegetables will turn out to be healthy. Along with that, ensure that the plants get at least 6-8 hours of sunlight for better growth.

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Indoor Vegetable Garden

e48d12eff7d70a3c5d7e16ae4209dcfaIf you are a gardening enthusiast, but your efforts to have a flourishing garden in the open are proving to be futile, then how about another option that will give you the same amount of mental satisfaction, and an array of delicious and healthy vegetables too? Yes, you guessed it right. It’s an indoor vegetable garden that we’re talking about. Growing a vegetable garden indoors will give you many benefits, which will be discussed below.

How to Grow a Vegetable Garden Indoors

Indoor gardening is a fantastic idea for those with limited outdoor space. In the paragraphs below, we will discuss a complete garden design that will take care of all the aspects of planting and caring for it.

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