Growing your own summers salads and micro-greens, vegetables and herbs, orchard fruits and berries is very rewarding. Nothing can give you a better sense of accomplishment. To know that you have placed a seed in the soil, and cared for it throughout its growth, can be a very gratifying experience.
The ‘cut-and-come-again’ method will keep you harvesting tender baby greens for months on end. A cut and come again harvesting method works great for baby greens. Within 30 days, usually, the greens will be ready for harvest. They're ready when they reach whatever size you desire for your salads.
When you grow your own, you can choose varieties which will create your signature mix.
Tender, delicious vegetables are the easiest crops. For the urban garden they are a staple for the table.
If your main reason for vegetable and herb gardening is to have freshly picked food all summer, you'll want to favour varieties that begin ripening early and keep producing. On the other hand, if your intention is to grow for the year, you're going to want to consider vegetables and herbs that keep for months and varieties that tend to mature in large batches. Hard shell winter squashes will keep for months, while zucchini needs to be harvested early.
Growing fruit is an investment in time and effort, but it's worth it. Some fruits require more labour than others. Dwarf trees make it possible to grow fruit trees in containers and there's always room for a lemon tree in a pot.
Berries, Bees and Honey
Berries are some of the easiest plants to grow, but they take maintenance to keep producing sweet, delicious berries. “Maytime” will supply you with fact sheets to simplify the process of growing berries in the home garden – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, black berries, as well as, grapes, currants, elderberry and gooseberries. Berries are ideal choices for container gardening. They grow in small places, while providing a high yield.
Honey and pollination are the main reasons people keep bees. Honey bees are good pollinators for many reasons. Their hairy bodies trap pollen and carry it between flowers. The bees require large quantities of nectar and pollen to rear their young, and they visit flowers regularly in large numbers to obtain these foods. In doing so, they concentrate on one species of plant at a time and serve as good pollinators for this reason.