The epidemiological situation that the world is experiencing with the spread of the coronavirus. That led many people to reinvent their daily lives, searching and creating activities without leaving home. For this reason, we offer a series of recommendations for planting and harvesting from home and thus take advantage of the quarantine to start your own garden.
There are a lot of foods that can be planted from home without the need for seeds and much less knowledge in gardening. During March, and thanks to the beginning of autumn, it is a good time for winter crops, strengthening the soil and doing some pruning.
Knowing which species thrive in this season and during the winter is essential to achieve a good crop. In this sense, it is recommended to continue planting:
These vegetables are widely consumed, possible to maintain a regular production throughout the year, since they are also adapted to the spring-summer season.
Regarding the crops typical of the autumn-winter period, the following stand out:
Peas: being from the legume family, they need to cultivate in the middle of their growth or they should be planted near a fence.
Onion: they are frost resistant and are harvested after 250 days of planting. During its growth, the soil must be cut and the inflorescences cut so that the bulb develops.
Parsley: it is advisable to sow it close to leafy vegetables for its aroma.
Radish: fast growing, since it can be harvested in 35 days.
Cabbage: it needs 150 days to develop, it is very good to associate with rosemary and sage; to repel some insects.
Tips for your garden health!
The sowing of leafy vegetables such as chard, chicory and lettuce is recommended in a break step way (sow once a month) to harvest vegetables during the six months of the season.
In the case of beets and carrots, it is advisable to keep in mind the moon: it should be sown in a waning quarter; if it were not so, it will not develop.
Calendula is a very important flower to take into account when designing the garden, since it helps control pests and in turn beautifies the space, favoring biodiversity in the production of the Family Garden.
Many crops require planting in a seedbed, protected from changes of indoors temperature or in the greenhouse. For this you will need to use a seedbed, also known as a seedling, which is a small container specially conditioned to place the seeds in order to produce their germination in the best conditions and care. So that they can grow without difficulty until the plant is ready for transplanting. If you want to know how to make a seedbed step by step with recycled materials, just check out our blog later.
Covering the pots with mulch (dry grass or wood shavings) maintain moisture retention at the beginning of the season, an essential condition for achieving uniform crop emergence.
In addition to continuing to recycle organic waste, fall is a good time to strengthen the soil and reward it with nutrients. That will benefit during the summer season. Thus, one of the keys is to separate the compost that is already ready in the compost bin and add it to the soil before sowing. We offer you options to make your own subscription: Espoma Holly-Tone Organic Fertilizer
Another task in autumn that to any the gardener. So, do some pruning of the fruit trees, since the plants can heal the cuts relatively quickly. In winter, although the plant “suffers” less pruning, it does not heal as easily.