The Sicilian Beet

 

Swiss chard
A Nutritional-Dynamo

 

Writer: Tom Myrick

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The Sicilian Beet

Last spring at the Veggie-Bed, some delightfully colorful vegetables grew in the garden. With a green or red leaf blade attached to a white, yellow, or red leaf stalk these leaf vegetables accentuated the garden. Of course, we are talking about Swiss chard, aka the Sicilian beet. Continue reading The Sicilian Beet

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Row Planting

Between the freezing and thawing, the new vegetable beds are slowly taking shape.

Writer: Tom Myrick

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After deciding to give the container beds a growing season off here at the Veggie-Bed (zone 8a), we used the traditional way of planting, row planting. Row planting allows for space between rows giving the plants room to grow. Also, planting in rows creates access paths for easy weeding and harvesting. Continue reading Row Planting

Crop Rotation at the Veggie-Bed

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Writer: Tom Myrick

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At the Veggie-Bed this 2019 growing season, we decided to group vegetables that have similar nutritional requirements in the same beds. The groups are designated to the following categories:
• Leaf Crops (utilizes nitrogen in the soil)
• Legume Crops (replenishes nitrogen in the soil)
• Root Crops (utilizes potassium in the soil)
• Fruit Crops (utilizes phosphorus in the soil) Continue reading Crop Rotation at the Veggie-Bed

Soil Texture

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Writer: Tom Myrick

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Soil conditions vary; however, there are some common soil requirements for most vegetable plants. Vegetable garden soil should not consist of excessive sand or clay. It should support lose and well-draining qualities. A combination of sand, silt, and clay constitute most soils. The relative percentage of this combination is the soil texture. Continue reading Soil Texture

Veggie-Bed Plan for 2018

Writer: Tom Myrick

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After determining how much space the Veggie-Bed needs, two plots of 20 ft by 10 ft was decided. To have plenty of room to work between rows at least 18 inches between rows was considered. The location chosen receives six to eight hours of full sun and a water source nearby.2019 Vegetable Garden Plan Complete 2

Organizing plants in specific groups on different parts of the Veggie-Bed plots allows easy crop rotation each season. Crop rotation helps reduce crop-specific pest and disease problems. Continue reading Veggie-Bed Plan for 2018

A Sweet Fall Garden Delight

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Writer: Tom Myrick

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These Scarlet Nantes carrots (Daucus carota var. sativus) were the last of the Veggie-Bed’s harvests for the growing season (Plant Hardiness Zone 8a). Seeds sowed in the late summer and 65 days to harvest, carrots gathered in mid-December after the first frost. The Scarlet Nantes doesn’t develop a woody core and is high in fructose and glucose, low in terpenes, and that creates some of the best flavored and textured carrots. Continue reading A Sweet Fall Garden Delight

Planning for a Spring Vegetable Garden

Writer: Tom Myrick

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Now that winter is upon the Veggie-Bed (Plant Hardiness Zone 8a) I have starting planning for a spring vegetable garden. 49605995_998896233641786_3666991928559271936_nThis year a decision was made to shut down the old vegetable garden areas for a season and create new beds. After recording the sunlight times and location throughout the growing seasons, I decided on the location of the new site. The area chosen will receive optimal sunlight and is close to a water source. Continue reading Planning for a Spring Vegetable Garden