Get creative and make an innovative vegetable garden that is cost-effective and require less space, and you can enjoy freshly picked vegetables from your garden every day.
Few vegetables are quick and easy to grow. Here are seven winter vegetables you can grow in your kitchen garden. You can sow their seeds in the beginning of winter season.
Carrot: Carrots are packed with nutrients and have a lovely crunch. Add them in salads or saute with other veggies. You can grow different colours–orange, yellow and red. Water them daily as carrots grow well in moist soil.
Sugar peas: Sugar peas are just like green peas but they can be eaten raw. Sweet and tasty, they can be grown in less space in cool weather. Sow the seeds in the right way to get good crop. The crop can be harvested as soon as the pods start to thicken.
Radish: Radish grows best in moist soil and requires full sun exposure and regular watering. It is a staple in salads. You can grow them in early winter and the fast-growing veggie will be the first vegetable to emerge in your garden.
Broccoli: Don’t buy broccoli over winter months. Plant seeds in your kitchen garden at the beginning of winter. Plants grow to a large size so, once seedlings are ready (when three-four leaves emerge), plant them 45-60 centimetre apart. Once the main head is harvested, the side shoot are small and tender, they bulk up many winter meals.
Lettuce: A must in most of the salads, this green leafy is a good source of folic acid and vitamin A. Plant them this season, making sure that seeds are sown between eight and sixteen inches apart. Water them regularly in the morning hours.
Spinach: Packed with iron and calcium, this crispy leafy green can be eaten raw or cooked. Cool weather is best to grow it. Plant seeds less than an inch deep, placing them at least two inches apart to give enough space to grow and spread. The crop should be well-watered.
Cabbage: Cabbage comes in different colours. Although it can live in most weathers, winter is best to thrive. This is the right time to get it started. Rich in antioxidants, it can be eaten raw or can be sautéed. Plant them with plenty of room around each head.
Growing your own vegetables is not only fun but healthy as well. These home-grown organic vegetables are high in nutrients than those that have travelled several thousand miles to get to your grocery store. Vegetables sown in your garden create memories that can last a lifetime.