The Vegetable Patch - page 3

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Chard, a fiber-rich vegetable

Chard or Swiss chard, sometimes known under the name of silverbeet, is a vegetable that is appreciated for its leaves and for the ribs or stems that bear them.
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Sowing in rows

This method, one of the most common, is widely used for growing vegetables. It is very easy to perform and is particularly well suited to outdoor sowing
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Curly endive, a great way to tickle your taste buds

Curly endive is a great way to tickle your taste buds It is sown in spring or summer and makes for a summer and fall harvest. Some varieties even hold throughout the winter. Growing it does demand special care, for example it must be blanched before eating. Read here all you need to know on […]
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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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Escarole, the little sister of curly endive

Escarole and curly endive were both bred from the chicory plant and can even be considered sisters. However, their appearance and taste both sets them apart. Escarole is a bit more hardy than curly endive, so when the first frost spells have come, it can still be savored a bit longer. Read everything you need […]
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Sowing in trays, crates or boxes

Sowing in trays is perfectly suited to growing plants in a sheltered place. Thanks to small holes drilled at the bottom of the tray, drainage can be optimized and
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