Jan 15, 2015

Great Plants for Edible Gardens

While growing assortments of plants and flowers is a lot of fun for almost any gardener, growing edible crops can be just as exciting and profitable. Many people swear by the food that they grow, and believe that it is much better than anything found in stores. Growing your own food can be a hobby that you find to be one of the best experiences you have outdoors. Here are some of the popular crops to try for your own edible garden.

1.  If you have the space in your plot, sweet corn is one of the best options to choose. The specific type of sweet corn is sometimes known as “Silver Queen,” “Kandy Korn” or “Sweet Symphony” and it is well worth your time and effort. People who regularly grow this style of corn claim that it is the sweetest corn you will ever eat, and much better than what can be found in any retail market. They can grow rather tall, however, so it is a good idea to allow plenty of room.
2. One of the other garden favorites are cucumbers. There are so many different kinds to choose from, and they have a tendency to come out extremely juicy, succulent and so fresh tasting that it is hard not to love growing them. Be sure to plant about 5 or 6 seeds in a hill of soil about 6 to 8 inches high and about 5 feet apart. The vines can get to about 25 inches long, so they will need some space to spread out.

3. Eggplants are another desirable crop to have, as they are fantastic for pasta dishes and salads, or even just baking some in a little bit of oil. In order to have a ripe eggplant, you will have to be able to give it plenty of sunlight and warm weather for at least two or three months. Needless to say, this is a summer plant, and they are best placed in areas that can get the most exposure and warmth from the sun.

4. Small cantaloupes are some of the best melons to grow for smaller gardens. They do take about four months to grow, but once you get them onto your plate there will be no regrets on the wait. While they are still very young and small, they thrive in containers or empty jars for growing. Also, if you have a half wine barrel this is another optimal place to keep the cantaloupes in a trellis-like environment.

5. Peppers of all varieties fun, colorful additions to any garden. Even if you are not a fan of the vegetable, they look extremely elegant and can be dried out for decorations as well. However, if you do choose to grow them to harvest and eat you surely won’t be disappointed. They are best planted in large pots, and they enjoy plenty of sunlight in order to grow the quickest. There is a large variety that is great for growing, and the most popular ones range from the brilliant reds and yellows to bright oranges.

6. Tomatoes are another popular fruit for gardens. Heirloom tomatoes are tangy and zesty, and they are great for salads or canning your own sauce, while earl grey tomatoes are great all purpose tomatoes. They can be grown in all temperature zones, but they do need a durable tomato rack to be grown for the best results. To give you an idea of the plant size, four tomato plants can be enough to feed a family of six on a regular basis. 

Written by Mike West, owner of WestCo Grounds Maintenance. WestCo provides the best solutions for lawn care in Jefferson City, MO has to offer. They also specialize in irrigation and lawn sprinkler service.
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