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!

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

Permaculture fertilizers and compost

Underlying the success of every garden is the health of its soil – this is particularly true in permaculture. Fertilize it with fresh nutrients like compost, maintain it, disturb it only when absolutely necessary: your soil will stay healthy and fertile, and its quality will increase
Permaculture gardens require fertilizer and compost

Around the summer vegetable bed

If the summer is hot, watch over the vegetables in the patch and take up these easy and organic habits to ensure you get a proper harvest.
Summer vegetables and tomato care

Mashua, the nasturtium with edible root tubers

Mashua is a type of root crop nasturtium that was selected by the ancient Incas for its resilience and nutritional value. Key mashua facts Botanical name – Tropaeolum tuberosum Common names – mashua, tuber nasturtium Family – Tropaeolaceae Type – tuber vegetable Height – 6 to 10 feet (2 to 3 m) Planting distance – […]
Mashua, or tuber nasturtium

Oakleaf, a delicious lettuce

Green, red or gold oakleaf lettuce is an easy lettuce to grow, that requires very little space, and is open to everyone, even if you only have a balcony. On your marks, get set, SOW!
Oakleaf lettuce care and tips

Perennial leek, delicious, tasty… and self-caring, too!

Perennial leek is a species that grows in the wild but can be cultivated. Leek sprouts anew from its bulbs year after year. Perennial leek, a summary Botanical name – Allium polyanthum Common names – Wild leek, perennial leek, many-flowered garlic Family – Alliaceae Type – Perennial vegetable Height – 1 foot (30cm) Exposure – […]
Perennial leek

No-treat vegetable patch: easy peasy

Experiment with companion planting which has by now proven its effectiveness in organic vegetable gardening. It’s easy, all pros and no cons: no treating and less work!
Potager facile

Companion planting in the vegetable patch

Just like humans, vegetables also have friends and foes. Some families stimulate or protect each other. Other families tire each other out and make each other vulnerable. Companion planting is the art of pairing them well!
Raised beds with companion planting

Permaculture, nature is the ultimate teacher

Permaculture is the art of following biological insights gleaned from considering nature as a teacher. Key is the observation of natural exchanges occurring in ecosystems. It usually involves growing plants together on small, densely-populated surfaces. Fundamentally, it ventures much further than pure biology and encompasses all questions searching to understand the relationship between mankind and […]
Permaculture is when you consider nature your teacher

What is permaculture?

Rooted in both ancestral knowledge and innovation, the answer to the question “What is permaculture?” is straightforward. It is the practice of observing nature to learn from what it can teach us, aiming for food self-reliance and abundance.
What is permaculture? Explanation

Natural fertilizer for the vegetable patch

If you want to stop bloating your vegetables with polluting chemical fertilizers, it is time for you to familiarize yourself with natural fertilizer! No need to keep poisoning water reserves and setting local environments off balance anymore.
Healthy vegetable patch with natural fertilizer

Preparing an organic square-foot vegetable patch

You’ll simply adore biting into the organic vegetables you’ve grown yourself – all the more because it won’t have cost you any heavy garden work at all! Preparing an organic square-foot vegetable patch is your key to this dream situation.
Three square-foot vegetable beds

Greens & lettuce for every season

At the start of every meal or as a finishing touch, a few crisp, fresh greens always bring a touch of delight to your meal menus.
Four seasons greens in crates

Dandelion, more than just a weed

Dandelion is by far the most famous weed flower in our temperate climates. It can be appreciated all season long from March to November, but, it must be said,
Field full of dandelions

Watermelon, how to grow it best

The epitome of summer fruits, watermelon is easy to grow when it can receive all the summer sun it needs. From sowing to harvest, here are the tips to grow it.
Watermelon grown and harvested

Growing butternut gourd

Butternut gourd, also called simply butternut, is one of the most popular squash varieties.
Sliced butternut harvest

Sea kale, Crambe maritima – a seaside cabbage both cute and tasty

Sea kale, or Crambe maritima, comes as quite a surprise: both in the garden and in the vegetable patch, it’ll trigger questions by curious onlookers! Sea kale, a summary Botanical name – Crambe maritima Common name – Sea kale Family – Cruciferae, Brassicaceae Type – perennial Bearing – clump Height – 12 to to 28 inches (30 to 70 cm) Planting density […]
Clump of sea kale with gravel mulch.

Growing tomato in pots

Really boosted to grow tomato, but you’ve only got a tiny balcony or terrace and think it’s impossible? Think again!
Tomato growing and ripening in a pot

Enjoying tomatoes in the garden

Biting into the juicy fragrant flesh of a home-grown tomato is within your reach if you have a little space in your vegetable patch.
Easy-growing tomatoes is child's play, like this toddler savoring a tomato on a bench.

Mizuna cabbage, japanese greens

Mizuna looks like lettuce, it is very similar to arugula, but it’s actually a type of cabbage. A crunchy texture and peppery taste are what make it much sought after.
chou mizuna

Corn salad, how to grow corn salad

Corn salad is an easy type of salad green that is easy to grow, requires little space and is open to all, even if all you’ve got is a balcony or terrace.
A few leaves of corn salad in the growing bed.
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