The sun is shining, the birds are singing and mostly the ground is starting to thaw which only means it’s now time to start to think about your garden. Are you interested in planting your own fruit and vegetables this spring? Here are some interesting fruit and vegetables to grow which are easy and low maintenance.
BEFORE WE START WE HAVE TO PREPARE THE SOIL.
Without preparing, you could end up with unhealthy plants fighting for rich and soft soil. With great soil, you are allowing the roots to grow deep enough for nutrients. Clear away any debris which has been left and start to dig up the grass. Apply loose soil over the grass for the roots to reach down. Add extra organic matter such as compost or manure to promote healthy soil.
Garden soil is usually made up of natural topsoil or sand. Other soils can be mixed with mushroom compost or compost bark.
When it comes to planting, Think about your layout? When the sun is at its peak? What can you grow? How much space do you have? Have you researched the plants?
Blueberry plants are low maintenance, they have little to no insect issues. They can be planted in early spring between April and May. They love the sun so they need to be placed somewhere sunny but at the same time, they shouldn’t be exposed to harsh winds. Place them away from trees or other plants which help block out sunlight. They can grow to a height of 10ft tall with a 4-inch spread.
Blackberries are very easy to grow and require very little space. They love the sunlight. If they get planted in too much shade, they won’t produce many berries. This plant prefers to be planted in early spring and any variety of soil types, they prefer well-drained soil.
A Saskatoon bush is low maintenance and they don’t need any specialized fertilizer but they will need pruning which helps the berries to grow without crowding. They can grow between 6-30feet tall. Saskatoon berries are very healthy for us to eat, usually, the berries ripen in late June-early July.
Apple trees can grow anywhere in the garden as long as they are well-drained. They need lots of sunlight. For fruit development, the apple tree won’t need extra fertilizer. A full-size tree can grow up to 30 feet tall and might take up to 6 years to see a full tree of apples. Some trees are prone to pests and diseases.
For beginners, strawberry plants are one of the easiest fruits to grow. They require between 6-10 hours a day of sunlight. Using a raised bed is a good idea for these plants. They need soil that drains well. Strawberry plants will need more water when the flowers start to develop. They do like to be fertilized during the months. After blossoming the strawberries will be ready for harvesting in 4-6 weeks.
Green beans are super easy to grow and have low maintenance. Green beans will flourish more in sunlight. They do require lots of water so they can stay moist. They are prone to have pests and diseases. and don’t need extra fertilizer. They do require space. Green beans need between 6-8 hours of sunlight per day.
Eating Spinach is healthy for us and a great source of iron and vitamin B2. The best time to plant spinach is in early spring. Spinach prefers cool temperatures as they don’t do well in hot temperatures. They only require an inch of water per week.
Radishes are easy to grow and can be planted both in spring and fall. Just like spinach plants, radishes prefer cool temperatures. They do require rich soil and take between 4-6 weeks before you start to see radishes. Radishes do like sunlight and plenty of water. Radishes plant beds need to be kept moist. The radish plant only needs between 1-2 inches of growing room.
Growing cucumbers is super easy as long as they have plenty of sunlight and water. Within 3 weeks of planting the seeds, you will start to see baby cucumbers. They do require fertile soil. By planting straw or chopped leaves around the cucumber plant, you will keep the pest and diseases away. Keep the soil moist and well-drained.
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