Fresh local vegetables during the cold winter months might appear impossible, but it is not. Set up a tiny greenhouse next to your garage or house and you are halfway home to having crunchy cucumbers, sour tomatoes and fresh lettuces for your salads.
Select veg that do not up a large amount of space, taste considerably better local than store bought and you like. Squash isn’t a sensible choice because they’re space hogs.
Tomatoes are a sensible choice because they will be able to be tied to a support to keep them fresh and clean and store-bought tomatoes don’t taste nearly as good as local. Lettuce works very well because it can be harvested when only 4 inches tall.
Fill the peat pots with new potting soil. Mix in slow release manure as the package directs. Water comprehensively. Place the seeds on top of the soil, 2 per pot and cover with quarter in. of soil. Press down lightly and mist the top.
Place the pots under the grow lights in the greenhouse to get them going. When they have sprouted and are about 4-inches tall thin to the most powerful seedlings.
Transplant to the 1-gallon pot when the seeds are 6-inches tall! Replace under the grow lights. Move the grow lights up as the plant grows. Outside vegetables need 8 hours of daylight. If the day is cloudy and sun isn’t reaching within the greenhouse keep the grow lights on longer.
Check the plants for bugs. Mist them off or utilize a non damaging home and garden spray intended for veggies.
Fertilize with half strength water-soluble fertilizer every fortnight or each 4th watering.
Crop lettuce or leafy greens like spinach when the leaves are 4-inches long by cutting individual leaves off with the scissors. Trim from the outside. The plant will consider growing and making.
Brush the flowers of vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers with a soft brush so you move the pollen from one flower to another to fertilize them. Another alternative is to use a commercial blossom set product.
Keep ripe vegetables picked so that the plant keeps producing.
Beans and peas take up lots of space for the quantity of produce they grow.
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