The eggplant is a very versatile vegetable. It can be used in a wide variety of dishes. There are many different colors of eggplant. The plant is native to Africa and Asia. The larger purple plants are used in Italian cooking. The Thai eggplants are used in stir fry dishes and other dishes. The vegetable has a very delicate flavor to it and it’s easy to grow in hotter climates such as those found in the Mediterranean.
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Cauliflower is related to wild cabbage and it’s thought to have originated in Asia Minor. It has been an important vegetable in Italy and Turkey since about 600 B.C. In the min-26 century it found popularity in France and was brought to England and Northern Europe. France, Italy, the U.S. and China produce quite a bit of the world’s cauliflower crops.
How to Grow Cauliflower Step One
You can grow this crop inside form seeds if you wish. This is ideal as you can then transplant your seedlings into the soil outside when the weather is better. Aim to grow seed about six week prior to the end of the frost so you can have full seedlings to plant in your garden. Once your seeds have germinated and grown some thye are safe to take outside to grow. Make sure there’s no chance of frost as this can kill the delicate seedling plants. It’s ideal to lay down some fertilizer before you plant your seedlings in the ground. If your seeds haven’t grown properly or failed you can buy seedlings from any nursery. If you plant to grow plenty of cauliflower make sure the rows are about 15 cm apart. Sow seeds into the ground at about ½ inch and make a larger hole for any seedlings that you have. [click to continue…]
There are many types of Chinese cabbage and it has a big place in Chinese cuisine. The Chinese cabbage we know today is a variant that was grown in Zhejiang at about the 14th century. It became popular in Northern China and introduced into the Korean area where they were used to making Kimchi. In the 20th century the vegetable mad it’s way to Japan. Today this vegetable is enjoyed all over the world in many culinary dishes.
How to Grow Chinese Cabbage Step One
This plant should be sown directly into the ground at about 4-6 week before the end of the last frost. The plants need about 50-85 days to mature but this depends upon the type of cabbage you’re growing. The plants will grow to about 15-18 inches tall. The plant likes the full sunshine in the cooler region but prefers shade in the warmer regions. Be sure to give the plants some shade if your area of the country gets hot. You want soil that’s well-drained but has plenty of nutrients so a good fertilizer is ideal to add to your soil prior to planting or just after. Plant the cabbage in the spring in temperatures between 45-75 degrees. [click to continue…]
One great alternative to spinach is the green-leafed Swiss chard vegetable. This vegetable is great in stir fry dishes and with various meats. This plant is easier to grow than spinach and it has a great deal of vitamins and minerals so it promotes good health. The plant was discovered by a Swiss botanist and it’s a very popular vegetable in Mediterranean countries.
How to Grow Swiss Chard Step One
Before you grow your plants make sure to turn over the soil a few weeks before you plant on putting the plant in the ground. This will help with soil aeration and the moisture retention. Rake the soil to break it up and get it ready for planting your Swiss chard. You can sow the seeds in early spring and it’s best to put it directly in the ground as seedlings don’t transplant that well. Sow your chard rows at about 45cm apart and each plant at about 5cm apart. As thye grow you can thin this out so the healthier plants can grow. Put the seeds in at about 2cm and the germination should be done after 2 weeks.
When thinning plants you can eat the younger leaves as they will be very good. You can put them in any number of dishes. Make sure your plants are in a position to get enough sunlight. Thesе plants can tolerate some shade but they will grow better when thye have full sunlight. The plants are quite hardy and if you have a late frost they should survive as long as the frost is a milder one. Check your soils of acidity as the chard likes a soil that’s less acidic. If they aren’t growing this might be a cause of your problems. Make sure your soil is draining well and that you have enough fertilizer.
Your plants can cope with water shortages if you’re not getting much rain. Try to keep them well watered as this will keep them growing and prevent them going to seed. You don’t want seed as this prevents the leaves from growing and essentially shortens the crops yield. Clip off any flower buds before thye start to grow which will encourage more leaf growth.
You can get multiple harvest form one crop so just pick the leaves as thye appear and this will start the growth of younger inner leaves and you’ll get an extension of the crop. Wait until the plant is about 15cm tall before you harvest the vegetable. Be sure to eat the chard quickly as it’s only good for a few days before it starts to rot. Try to eat the chard within three days. Just pick more when you’re ready to eat it for optimal freshness. You can use the chard in a wide number of dishes and it’s great for Asian dishes such as stir fry’s.
For thousands of years people have been growing gourds due to their very hard outer shell. These outer coverings have been used for food bowls, decorations, musical instruments, water jugs, masks, scoops, canteens, cooking utensils and other applications. The snake gourd produces a shell that’s about 3 to 6 feet long and because of its length it has the name snake gourd. When you pick gourds young they have a taste somewhat like zucchini. Gourds can be steamed and sliced up and served with many other dishes.
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