Lack of space at home often becomes one of the main reasons that stop people from starting own little garden and growing own food. However, that absolutely doesn't have to be a case, because with the right planning and usage of available space you can enjoy your very own grown veggies in about a month or less!
Let's see what tools and materials will be needed to proceed with:
Tools and Materials
- Two planters at least 8 inches deep (such as window boxes or containers), with drainage holes
- Seeds: radishes, mesclun mix, sprouts, lettuce, mustard, kale, basil, baby beets (shredded raw beet is a tasty and colorful salad topping).
- Soilless potting mix enriched with compost
1. Moisten your potting mix. Fill window boxes/pots/containers, and firm soil gently in place.
2. Following the directions on planting different seeds varieties, sow seeds of radishes and greens in one box, beets in the other. Radishes are ready to harvest about 28 days after germination; baby greens (lettuce, mustard, basil, mesclun, kale), in 30 days; beets, in 55 days (for tropical climates we highly recommend to grow beet to sprouts stage only. Good variety would be 'Bull's Blood).
3. Water gently so that you don't wash seeds out of the soil. Keep soil evenly moist, and watch for seeds to germinate.
4. Seedlings will come up thickly; thin them the first time to stand 1 inch apart. You can either pluck them out individually or use scissors to snip seedlings at the soil surface. (Eat the thinnings of greens and beet tops -- your first unofficial harvest!)
5. Fertilize every two weeks.
6. Sow some more. As your harvest of greens and radishes makes room in that container, prepare to grow another round. Work an inch of compost into the empty spots and sow more seed.
If you have enough space, add containers for other salad favorites, such as tomatoes and cucumbers. (They need larger pots.)
For color and spicy flavor, sow a few nasturtium or other edible flower seeds in your containers. The flowers are beautiful, fragrant, and tasty in a salad!
Using the brightest spot in your home could become a great home for a number of delicious vegetables, herbs and even flowers!
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