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Author: admin, 17.12.2014. Category: Organic Food

Deciding what to plant in the vegetable garden can be exhilarating as it means we get to pour over seed catalogs, browse through young vegetable starts at the local nursery or farmer’s market or pull out our colored pens and draw intricate maps and charts of our proposed garden plot. It can also be daunting if you are a new gardener and really don’t know what to expect, which plants go well together in the garden or how much of which plants to grow.
There are several different approaches you can take as you work out which vegetables you want to plant.
First, of course, you ought to consider what you like most to eat, what your family likes to eat, and what you know you really want to enjoy as fresh homegrown produce. For many people at the top of that list are tomatoes, but if you are sensitive to the nightshade family, this may not be you. However, if this is your first garden, you may not have room for these three companion vegetables unless you give up everyone else in the garden, as they will take up a ten by ten foot block without even blinking, and if you plant less than a ten foot square of corn you are unlikely to get good yield as they need to cross pollinate in order to form the corn ears. One way to consider the decision is to know whether or not you can get local organic corn where you live, because it is now estimated that over 95% of commercially grown corn is genetically modified and if you are growing the garden in part to avoid GMO’s then corn is a biggie. Another approach to garden vegetable selection is to focus and select plants based on their ease of growing.
Depending on the space you have available you may also simply want to grow a kitchen garden of greens and a few herbs and one or two tomatoes or dwarf squashes, peppers or eggplants and keep it simple.
These days there are all kinds of radishes to choose from, particularly in the heirloom varieties. Radishes are also a great garden ally for many other vegetables: they help beets, beans, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce,  peas, spinach and squash and are often recommended to be planted in amongst these other vegetables. Finally, radishes bring up nutrients from deeper in the garden, specially the nice long ones like daikons. There are so many varieties to choose from that it’s conceivable one could grow an entire garden of just beans. Choosing between bush or pole (runner) beans is more a matter of space than of variety these days as most beans come in both bush and pole types. Beans like carrots, peas, cucumbers and radishes and get along fine with potatoes, brassicas (cabbages, kales, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower and mustards), eggplant, beets, celery and even strawberries.
Lettuce: all types, but particularly loose leaf, simpsons, red leaf, boston, butter crunch.
Lettuce can be planted in succession, a new set of seeds every other week to have fresh salad fixings all summer long. Carrots: plenty of choices here as well, and you can choose stubby carrots if your garden is not well established with deep tilth, they do well with lettuce and radishes too. Cucumbers also do very well with beans, peas, carrots, and, of course, those radishes.  Actually the radishes are a big help with cukes as they deter the cucumber beetle. Those string mesh trellises work very well – the ones that have six inch to one foot squares of string in a three or four foot wide mesh.
They are a cool weather plant, so if you have hot summers, plant them where they get morning sun and afternoon shade and they will go on producing all summer.  Remember to keep picking the peas! Peas like carrots, radishes, lettuces, aromatic herbs and tomatoes too.  So they will fit in quite nicely with this little garden plot. Tomatoes: Again, plenty to choose from, and everyone loves cherry tomatoes, which are wonderfully plentiful and often eaten on the spot as they ripen in the garden. Seed catalogs sometimes call them bunching onions, scallions or green onions… seems there is still a bit of variety in their names, but whatever you call them they are easy to grow and a real taste treat. A straight neck or crookneck yellow squash is as easy to grow as zucchini, steamed with a little butter it is the closest thing to sweet corn that is not corn. These squash are NOT the ones to plant under your corn if you do grow corn, their leaves and stalks are too upright – they need their own space, and would knock down young corn plants. On their own they do just fine, however, in good full sun, and get along with everyone else on our list here, although they should not be planted too close to tomatoes as they sprawl and can take up a very large space indeed. Peppers also like onions, and get the same benefit as tomatoes from parsley and basil, so keep them in that group on the onion side of the party.  They often benefit from side dressing of bone or blood meal, and some people swear by Epsom salts, especially just as they bloom to help the fruits set.
Growing tomatoes in containers offers a convenient way to get around soil born tomato pests and achieve healthy tomatoes in spite of these challenges. I’ve been researching what vegetables to plant in autumn lately, as our allotment is currently winding down for summer.
According to my (currently untested!) research, here are some vegetables which you can plant in autumn. Other vegetables like onions, shallots and garlic have a really long growing cycle, so you need to plant them in autumn in order to be able to harvest them come summer. With spinach, the ground should still be warm enough to plant seeds directly into the ground now.


If you’ve got a polytunnel then there are few vegetables you can plant in autumn that should hopefully grow quite well in the warmer temperatures. Growing vegetable plants will make a beautiful addition to any landscape, and will save you tons of money on your groceries.
To ensure that you are getting the best out of your vegetable plants, use organic growing methods to make your soil healthy, and keep the nutrients in the vegetables you will consume. Before you go off to buy some seeds for your vegetable plants, it helps to do some research about the climate you live in, and the vegetables that are suitable for it. The plants will be able to make use of the additional nutrients to grow flowers and bear fruits after.
In no time, your vegetables will be ready to enjoy, and you’ll understand vegetable gardening like the back of your hand. You may have noticed how all the plants started growing again recently after a few days of rain. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. If you want to find more about how we came to live in Ireland and what we do, take a look in the About page or Contact me about how I can help you grow your own food.
Gosh it’s so difficult to write a testimonial for someone as passionate about helping people as Dee.
As a complete novice I got a good idea of what I need to do to start gardening – the pro’s & cons!!
For others, there is nothing like sweet corn and despite its need for quite a large growing space, many home gardeners insist on it (as we do!).
So, think carefully before making the commitment to corn, as it is a large commitment in a home garden space.
This is a good choice for several reasons, so long as it also conforms to vegetables you like to eat.
They are a favorite for teaching children about gardening because they come up so fast and are ready to eat in only a few weeks after that.
Beans are another vigorous grower and one of those plants often grown in the classroom for young children to learn about growing plants because they are very hardy and fast growing. A good crisp green bean is a delight and beans provide the added benefit of fixing nitrogen in the soil. In hot weather they tend to bolt, so plant them in the shade of larger plants as you get further into the season. They can be used as the vining plant in the three sisters garden for those who insist on growing their own corn. Planting cucumbers and pole beans with a bamboo trellis works very well and the plants do well together. Draped above the peas from a nearby fence or post, they’ll give the peas all they need to create a wall of pea production in short order. Plant them around perimeters of lettuces, carrots and other vegetables to keep the bugs and predators away.
While lettuce, radishes, carrots and onions can grow down along and around the squash, the tomatoes will not be so willing to share their space.
Plenty of people who grow tomatoes in the garden run into issues with tomato wilt, nematodes and other problems. Not all vegetables react well to cold, long winters, so timing is a crucial factor to be planned ahead of time. When planning the space in your garden for vegetable plants, choose an area that receives the most sunlight throughout the year. Start planting the seeds of your vegetable plants in the spring, and continue to do so all summer long.
If you live in cold climates, it’s better to start with large seedlings that can be purchased at a nursery. When you are transplanting your vegetable plants as they get begin to germinate and grow root, remember to plant those with long roots much deeper into the soil to let them have a good grip of the outdoors. Once you’re done planting, use a 3 inch long cardboard collar around the seedling to prevent any worm attacks. If you don’t have much space to spare in your garden, yet still want to maximize this and enjoy your vegetable plants, you can always plant vertically. After your first harvest, use organic fertilizer around the plant perimeter, and gently work them into the soil and water to keep it producing vegetable plants.
Most vegetables benefit from a good soaking of the soil as water is taken up by the roots and then evaporated through the leaves.


3: Watering in the evening is also the preferred method, as the plants will absorb the water rather than losing it to evaporation, however this may attract slugs.
6: Fruit and flowering plants such as tomatoes, beans and cucumbers need water to encourage their fruits to swell so heavy watering at this stage will increase yields. 7: Root crops need a steady supply of water – too much will result in more foliage rather than big roots so only water if the soil starts to dry out, increasing the frequency as the roots start to swell. 9: Plants are more prone to fungal diseases if their leaves are watered rather than their roots. 10: Dig in as much bulky organic matter (compost or well-rotted manure) to increase the water-holding capacity of the soil.
12: Avoid cultivating soil in dry weather, as it will bring moisture to the surface, which can then evaporate.
13: Keep the soil as weed free as possible as the weeds will compete with the plants for water. But the sunk bottle or flower pot is certainly better for tomatoes to keep moisture from the foliage and prevent blight. She also grows a wider range than anyone else I’ve come across and has an amazing array of butterflies, frogs etc living there. She shares her knowledge with many and has a very loyal following for her community garden work, training workshops and social media postings .
Encouraging and teaching people and communities how to be self-reliant and showing them how to grow their own foods is what Dee Sewell from Greenside Up is all about. Needing a basic guide to starting a home garden, we were reassured by her easy manner and the jargon free language. Besides, if you grow corn, it is an easy excuse to grow winter squashes, pumpkins, or melons, as these grow well interplanted with the corn and then to add pole beans and plant a “three sisters garden”. But, if they have woody, small, deformed roots instead of nice plump fleshy radishes for roots, you need to add calcium to your soil! They actually harvest nitrogen out of the air and fix it in the soil, which is one of the reasons they are so beneficial to corn, a heavy nitrogen feeder. Self pollinating, peas are epic climbers and will send out their curling tendrils anywhere and everywhere to find something to grasp hold of and go. Since your peas also like aromatic herbs, throw in a rosemary or two and a mint (so long as you can keep it from taking over the whole garden!) as these will make everyone happy. Assuming you have a cool winter and a moist cooler garden spot available in summer, rhubarb is a perfect tasty perennial to add to your garden. You may also want to choose an area that is sunny as well as close to your kitchen, which will make picking plants and preparing them for a dish much easier.
Use some compost or aged manure with the soil to give it some added nutrients and make it more fertile for growing your vegetable plants.
This will give you better results especially with sensitive vegetables which take a long time to ripen, such as chili peppers. Vegetables such as beans, tomatoes, melons, and squash can be grown vertically using a trellis. However, too much water can result in nutrients being washed out of their reach and encourages shallow, surface rooting. Don’t be tempted to put the hose on full blast on each plant for a few seconds or you risk damaging seedlings and young plants. Water directly to the base of the plant – an upturned cut off plastic drinks bottle propped in the soil next to an established plant (especially squashes and tomatoes) is great for sending water directly where it’s needed.
They prefer to be watered from the base so stand them in trays and water the trays if possible.
She introduced us to the basics of soil, plants, light and shade and shared some of her own gardening successes and failures.
Or, if mint is too invasive, pick mint leaves from other areas outside the garden and use them as mulch around the peas and tomatoes. You’ll also notice if you check the soil (stick your finger in it) that the surface area might be wet but the area you’re trying to reach (where the roots are) is still dry so aim to keep the top 20 cm of soil moist. Alternatively use a watering can with a very fine ‘rose’ to prevent swamping the compost or try using a mister.




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