Growing vegetables (Google / Green Valley News)

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Gardeners look at growing vegetables

Gardening with vegetables can be fun and provide delicious and highly nutritious fresh food. Watching and working with plants can add a new dimension of enjoyment to life and bring an awareness of the wonderful world of nature in the backyard.

The marvels of nature will have special personal meaning when nurturing a small seed into a colorful productive plant with your own hands. These accomplishments can be obtained regardless of the size of garden. A few plants or a large plot will give rewarding experiences for both young and old.

Vegetables differ in their climatic requirements making it necessary to know when to plant them in order to have a successful garden. Some vegetables will withstand cool and even freezing weather. Others need warmer conditions to germinate and to produce. Generally, vegetables are placed in two categories – cool-season crops and warm-season crops.

Cool-season vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, carrot, lettuce, onion and spinach, among others. These are hardy or frost-tolerant plants and germinate in cold soil. They can be planted in the fall, winter or early spring depending on location. For best quality these crops need to mature during cooler periods rather than in the heat of the summer.

Warm-season vegetables include beans, cucumber, melons, pepper, squash and tomato. These do not tolerate frost, needing warm temperatures to set and properly mature fruit. However, high temperatures reduce quality. Examples: sunburned fruit, poorly colored tomatoes, poor ear fill of sweet corn, and flowers of tomato, pepper and beans drop.

Join us to hear Rob E. Call discuss the 10 steps to a successful vegetable garden. This is your opportunity to get answers to your questions on growing vegetables in the desert!


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.