The Vegetable Patch - page 2

Advice on how to grow vegetables from seed to harvest, care for them, protect them from diseases, and boost harvests. Natural treatments only!

Snow peas for refreshing meals!

Snow pea is a variety of green pea for which the seed and the pod are eaten together. To savor them until you burst, plant some in your vegetable patch!
Snow pea pods and their contents gathered in a spoon

Lentil, from seed to harvest

Known and renowned for its nutritional properties, the lentil is an annual plant that is a cinch to grow in the garden.
Lentil plants growing in a vegetable patch, with pods ready for the harvest

Purslane from seed to harvest

Wild or cultured purslane is a crawling plant that has leaves that are appreciated for their slightly lemony taste.
Purslane, growing in a pot here

Which vegetables to grow in winter?

There are several different vegetables that are hardy enough to the cold that you can still make the vegetable patch an enchanting place to be. Zoom in on kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, winter lettuce…
Winter vegetables

Sorrel, a unique taste

Sorrel is a delicious herb plant from which the leaves are eaten. Their acidic taste is quite distinctive.
Sorrel growing, care and harvest

Beloved red beet

It can be eaten as a side or main dish, and it is easy to harvest. Such assets will lead you to want to grow red beet in your vegetable patch!
Different ways of preparing red beet: juice, sliced, sticks

Swede, the other name of rutabaga

Swede, also called rutabaga when its flesh is yellow, is an  ancient heirloom vegetable that is particularly well suited to climates where winters are cold and moist.
Swede

How to grow cucumber

Cucumber and pickle is easy to grow as long as a few basic practices are followed.
Cucumber and pickles grow from the same plant.

Lettuce, tips on growing it

Lettuce is an easy salad plant to grow, which needs little space and is open to all, even if all you have is a terrace or balcony.
Different varieties of lettuce grown in a checkered pattern.

Fennel, from seed to harvest

Fennel is a plant for which the roots are the part we eat and its nutritious and culinary value is exceptional. It is a very good summer vegetable.
Fennel growing in a vegetable patch.

Germinating potatoes at the right moment

Germinating potato tubers before planting them helps increase growth of your young plants. It brings the harvest a few days or weeks earlier, and increases harvest size and quality.
Germinated potatoes chopped up in quarters for more plants.

Artichoke, how to grow it

Even if this might come as a surprise to many, the growing of artichoke is relatively simple to pull through.
Artichoke head raised up against a hazy background.

Spring sowing and planting in the vegetable patch

Spring is a busy season for planting and sowing, busy as in “buzzy” since bees and insects have joined the show in the vegetable patch! You need to clean, sow, repot, transplant, and more if you want to harvest
Rows of lettuce and radish sowed and planted in a spring vegetables patch.

Preparing seedlings in a nursery

Sowing seeds in a nursery has many advantages, the greatest of which is that it enables certain plants to start growing in ideal conditions.
Sprouting seeds on a nursery plot

Natural techniques for an organic vegetable patch

Chemical treatments are increasingly being banned across the planet thanks to the increased awareness of people. Growing “organic” vegetables has become mainstream, much more today than the fad it once was.
Natural tips for an organic vegetable patch

Life goes on in the vegetable patch

Never a day’s rest for the gardener! Summer harvests are in, and now in Autumn plots are prepared for the planting and sowing of winter crops.
vegetable patch in fall with spinach growing in the foreground

Grow bell pepper in pots for great results

Even if you don’t have a large garden in your house or can’t spare a portion of the garden for a vegetable plot, you still have options to grow a few special bell pepper varieties in pots on a balcony, deck or terrace.
Potted bell pepper

Tomatillo, the Mexican Physalis

A rarer form of Physalis, tomatillo is a late summer vegetable that is easy to grow since the plant resists disease well. Tomatillo fruits are usually cooked and help soften the spice in many Central American recipes. Top tomatillo facts
Green tomatillo fruits from growing the plant
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