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!

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

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

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

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!
Easy growing for vegetables without even treating

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.

Rototiller, scores of advantages

A rototiller is a very useful when starting a vegetable patch or lawn, and it also helps for tilling the soil, hoeing and cultivating or removing weeds. Whether the surface is large or small, a mini tiller or a rototiller will greatly ease any garden work
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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

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.

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.

Regional planting calendar to maximize your vegetable patch – MetroFrance Edition

For those of you in France who want to absolutely maximize your vegetable productivity, it’s important to follow a rigorous planting calendar. For that, it’s important to realize that not all regions have the same climate and weather conditions. Indeed, the climate isn’t the same in all parts of France, and this has a direct […]
Climate zones in France to guide the planting calendar in the vegetable patch

Growing mushrooms on coffee grounds

Mushroom lovers, great news! For one, they are a good source of nutrients for our bodies. For the other, you can grow your own in the comfort of your homes – on recycled coffee grounds! Growing mushrooms is easy with a little guidance. Although you cannot use a normal garden soil, you can use spent […]
Oyster mushrooms growing.

Root parsley, the double-decker parsley

Root parsley isn’t as famous as regular parsley. However, for a gardener, it’s much more interesting! Root parsley key facts : Botanical name – Petroselinum crispum var. tuberosum Common name – root parsley, Hamburg parsley Family – Apiaceae Type – root vegetable, biennial herb (but grown as an annual) Height – 4 to 20 inches (10 to 50 cm) Planting distance – […]
Root parsley

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

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

Purslane from seed to harvest

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

How to grow tomato, the perfect guide

Tomato is a vegetable-fruit that is among the most eaten produce in the world. Tomatoes are also the first plant gardeners grow in their vegetable gardens!
Red tomatoes on the tree

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

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

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

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.

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

Onions all year round

Fresh onions in spring, preserves in winter: plant onions in your vegetable patch to provide for year-round availability in the kitchen!
Onions drying in bunches in the shade.
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