Finally, spring is here! To celebrate, here is a collection of spring/summer photographs from our veganic garden along with simple tips to help you plan out your spring, summer or fall veggie patch (if you haven’t already started).
Don’t have the space to grow a garden? Here are small-space gardening tips.
The beginning of one of my favorite vegetables: Cabbage
Tip: Cabbage likes “sweet” soil (more alkaline than acidic). If you have acidic soil, perhaps from pine trees nearby, you can use wood ash or lime to raise the pH.
After a couple of weeks the cabbage head begins to mature.
“Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.” ~ Ambrose Bierce
Tip: The head is ready to harvest when firm to the touch. If you chop off the head at the base of the leaves, the stump will develop a number of smaller cabbage sprouts. These small sprouts may be harvested later in the season, but are unlikely to reach the size of the original head.
An eggplant blossom complete with small spikes to protect it until maturity.
Tip: Eggplants like it hot, hot, hot, so don’t plan on planting your starts outside until the threat of frost has passed and the soil is warm. I also recommend mulching around the base of the eggplant to feed the roots and capture heat in the soil.