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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Seeds That are Easy to Grow, grow your own food.

Courgettes are easy to grow  from seeds.
Courgettes are easy to grow from seeds and the flowers are attractive too. Courgettes are called Zucchini in Italy and in Italy they cook and eat the flowers as well.  
Courgettes grow on the plant so fast that you need to check and harvest them daily so that they do not grow into marrow size and 'toughen up'.
You will find that the courgette seeds are large enough to be handled individually (they look like melon seeds)  they are slightly bigger than a flattened orange pip. 

You push them into the soil or compost on their side. They need a rich soil to grow in because they grow so rapidly.
One courgette plant will continue to supply you with courgettes as you pick, it is not one courgette per.plant. An easy mistake for beginners is to plant too many courgette plants and to end up with a glut of them. There are two ways to grow them one is to plant them directly in the vegetable garden and the other is to start them off in a pot and then transfer them when the weather is favourable.

Radishes - are quick and easy to grow from seed.

Radishes grow quickly from seed. They are one of the simplest things to grow. There are three simple stages to growing radishes.
You sow them to the depth recommended on the seed packet, thin them out if
they are starting to crowd each other and then harvest them. 
The only down side is that not everyone appreciates the peppery taste. If it were not for this I would suggest that they might be a fun vegetable seed to grow with children. 
The time from planting the radish seeds to harvesting is 20 to 30 days for radishes.

Simple to Grow Salad Leaves...from seed...

 Salad leaves are very easy to grow from seeds. The great thing about cut and grow again salad leaves is - that after you have cropped them once by cutting them they grow back again. You can get two or three 'harvests'  from the one sowing of seeds and if you time the sowing of the batches of seed correctly you could have a continuous supply of home grown salad leaves through out the summer months. Here is a link to how to grow your own salad leaves which is easy to follow 

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a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote