CHILIGROW - Growing Fruit and Vegetables. Growing your own vegetables, culinary herbs, and fruit makes a very special appreciation for gardening. Of course there are major savings to be made in transforming a small investment in seeds or plants in a regular supply of food for the table, whether they grow only a selection of choice seasonal crops like asparagus, or fight for self-sufficiency.
For those concerned about additives in foods produced commercially, there is the security of knowing exactly how your product is grown. The pleasure of gardening is exceptional cuisine but in the subtlety of flavor and freshness of the crops collected directly from your garden - a flavor that has not been diminished by the long transport, storage or special packaging.
The decorative qualities of food crops grown in a plot between the conventional dedicated or ornamental plants, are very appreciated. Colors choking fruit trees bloom in spring, beautiful foliage such as fern leaves shriveled carrots or lettuce leaves adorn the summer garden, and perennial herbs and vegetables overwinter are enhanced by frost. Fruit trees and soft formed along the walls and fences or arches can be very attractive and productive.
Learning from experience
No wonder then that the interest in growing fruits and vegetables is increasing. Generations of professional gardeners and private farm owners assignment fans have created an impressive body of experience and knowledge in recent years. This volume intends to continue the tradition of distilling that experience into a format accessible to the modern gardener.
Growing food, more than any other form of gardening requires commitment from the gardener. Knowledge of basic principles, careful planning, good preparation and, above all, time spent in the regular care of the crops are crucial to success. Failure in any of this leads to disappointing results and wasted time and money.
The new gardens would be wise to start on a modest scale, but to plan the garden so that the area under food crops can expand their experience. There is no ideal size for a kitchen garden, as it depends on many variables such as demand for the family, the garden site, and the skills and personal preferences. The good news is that no garden is too small, the crops can be grown in all types of containers, including window boxes.
In harmony with nature
Most gardeners have a particular affinity with the natural environment and to appreciate the good sense to maintain a natural balance of living things in the garden and the conservation of natural resources. Many take the opportunity to run your garden full of organic lines. It is not necessary to grow produce that is completely free of defects or to extract the maximum performance of all plants - such as cash crop. A reasonable level of pests and diseases can be tolerated in the garden, and there are means of recycling organic waste and use water wisely.
This philosophy is followed throughout the book and you may be inspired to examine other aspects of organic gardening. Chemical treatments are available for those who wish to use, but there is no doubt that the range is shrinking due to safety regulations and commercial considerations.
The wide range of fruits, vegetables and culinary herbs described in this book reflects the modern gardener's interest in the cultivation of an increasing variety of crops. Most crops can be grown reliably outdoors in temperate climates, although some, like peppers and peaches, produce better quality crops for a long indoor season. The prospect of climate change, and the popularity of the conservatory, however, raise new possibilities, so that young fruits such as citrus and pineapples are covered - to ignite the imagination.
The introduction of new cultivars (varieties of garden), often with better quality or genetic resistance to pests or diseases, is a great blessing for the kitchen gardener. To help you choose the bewildering number of varieties available, each of the crops mentioned in the text includes a basic list of recommended varieties. Many have received the Award of Merit Garden after extensive testing of the Royal Horticultural Society. Your own experience will eventually be the best guide.
Full details of this text provides a good base for you to develop your own style gardens. Never forget the principles, keep abreast of new developments and, above all, take time to enjoy your garden.
If you do not want to grow your own, instead of supermarkets, local greengrocers support her.
CHILIGROW - Growing Fruit and Vegetables.