Occasionally I’m nice to people trying to get their work on-line….
This Guest Post, by Wendy Dessler, is one of those times.
Growing Your Own Food From Seed
Photo credit: Bingaman Mellish
It is hard to believe that 2018 is more than half over. Yet, here we are in the middle of August. This particular post is written for a popular website in France, where the temperatures are mild. But, depending on where you live, it could be very hot. In either case, you have a short window of opportunity to plant some seeds and add some wonderful additions to your recipes. Before we begin, there are a few points you need to consider.
- What is the yield time on the seeds you are planting?
- When do you plan to prepare your autumn garden?
- Should you plant your seeds indoors and transplant them
If you are confused about any of this, go to this website. They are industry leaders in seeds and planting. By being sure of the answers to the above questions, you can take full advantage of the seeds you plant.
Why should you grow from seeds?
We live in a world where we eat food that we do not know where it came from. We do not know what it has been subjected to. We honestly, do not even know how old the seeds were.
By using seeds from an industry leader like the one linked to this post, you know you are getting fresh seeds, protected by the highest standards. The problem with buying seedlings instead of seeds, you are exposing your family to the same unknown dangers. If you want to plant your own seeds and then transplant them, it is fine. However, for this short pre-autumn season, you will save time and get a better yield by planting the seeds directly in the ground.
There are still plenty of foods you can plant and harvest if you begin soon. Below we will give you a few examples:
- Advise your vendor of your climate and let him help you select the best variety for you. The most popular variety is Leafy lettuce. It grows quickly and the crips and beautiful leaves are a must for salad lovers.
- Do not forget to plant kale with your lettuce. These are very easy, low-maintenance plants that salad lovers insist upon.
- In France, chard is a very popular, leafy green that accents recipes beautifully. Chard needs extra rich soil, but it is very easy to grow. Order your seeds soon. Last year they became a bit hard to find. Plant in a well-drained area. When you plant your seeds, be sure to thin them out well. Chard will grow best if the plants have a thick, deep root system.
- French Filet Stringless Beans
- This is perhaps the most popular green bean to plant in France. These beautiful bush beans have a rich flavor. You can expect each bush to grow to a height of about 2 feet. The beans are 5-7” long, thin, and straight at maturity. Each bush carries a heavy yield.
- Spinach is another almost fail-proof crop. It will be ready to harvest in 40-50 days
- Brussels Sprouts
- There are several varieties of Brussels Sprouts. Early planters include Abacus and Chronos. They need plenty of sunlight and a good amount of nitrogen to grow well. Birds like to feast on these plants. Invest in some netting to protect it from the birds.
- Here are a few more that are easy to grow and that you have time to plant and harvest before the cold weather comes:
- Summer Squash (plant in August as winter squash would not mature in time)
- Sweet potatoes
Any root plant will grow nicely this time of the year.
Best reason of all
Fresh veggies taste better. All year there are different foods and flavors you can taste. You have full control over how the seeds are handled. You know that they were not chemically altered, and you know your family is safe eating the meals you prepared.
One more thing
Don’t head into a bland winter menu. This is the perfect time to plant some fresh herbs. Plant them in containers that are easily moved inside if a frost is expected. Don’t settle for a bland menu. There is always something that can be growing, and there is no excuse for a boring table.