Table of Contents
Planning Your Vegetable Garden
Related to Seeds
Length of Preservation
Traditional Testing of Seed Age
Soaking Seeds before Sowing
Getting Ready for Sowing
Seed Sowing – Wet Soil or Dry Soil
Traditional Quick Composting Formula
Since ancient times, dietitians knew all about the value of vegetables in human diet. The absence of fresh vegetables would result in ill health, as well as the lack of body resistance, and future healthy growth. Vegetables furnish nourishment in the shape of starch and sugar. They also stimulate intestinal activity.
The term vegetables has through common consent down the ages, come to be applied to a particular class of plants. We eat the leaves, buds, stems, and occasionally the fruits of these particular plants. So if you say “is the tomato a vegetable or a fruit,” the answer is the tomato is botanically a fruit, but we use the tomato as we use other members of the vegetables class.
Fruits are very sugary and vegetables are not.
Vegetables are on the whole short term plants, but allow for repeated sowings to prolong the season of growth. Down the ages, vegetables have been grown by householders in patches of land around their houses for home consumption. People with large gardens also had their own vegetable patches and herb patches. So this book is for all of those people who are interested in growing vegetables in their own back yard and using every inch of land in a sustainable fashion.
The tips and techniques given here may look so very old-fashioned, but they are tried and tested. That is because we believe in organic gardening where we are not going to be using chemical fertilizers and chemical pesticides to protect our vegetables. Even though the methods given here may be called old school by 21st century gardeners, they have been in use throughout the world for millenniums and they have been giving time-tested results.
So let us look at the easy ways in which we can begin preliminaries in vegetable gardening, in our own backyard.