Tips on What to plant
People are under the misconception they cannot plant anything because of limited land space. Well this is not so. Ones family finances can be improved by planting vegetables in a little space near the house. An area of 8’ by 5’ is all that is needed to grow lettuce, hot peppers, tomatoes, a few okra, egg plants, cucumbers, parsley and escallion.
A drum cut in half can provide a space in which to grow vegetables.
The important thing is to make sure your small space has rich soil - a good mixture of dirt, sand, rotted vegetables, leaves and grass cuttings. Saving the fruit and vegetable skins from your cooking, dig them into the soil so that they rot down quickly and provide nutrition for the soil. This is what we refer to as composting.
It is a good idea to sew lettuce, tomatoes and parsley seeds in a seed box, then you can transplant them into your small bed or container, when they have grown to about three inches.
Okras can be sown straight to the soil. Put them to the back because they tend to grow tall.
Put tomatoes out in one row, string beans in the next, then lettuce and escallion with thyme in the front row of the bed.
Use recycled water to irrigate the garden. In addition to conserving this vital resource, it also lowers your water bill. A small bed of vegetables can be easily controlled for weeds and watering. Covering the bed with cuttings of grass and rotted leaves will give protection from the sun. This is what we call ‘mulching’. It will stop water from evaporating too quickly and prevent weeds from growing.
Calaloo - A healthy option
Calaloo can be grown quickly and cut regularly to improve the diet of your family. By cutting off only the larger leaves for use as a vegetable when it is needed, many people keep the calaloo plants for months before replanting. If you have bought calaloo, save the bottom tough cuttings and plant these in your small bed or container. In no time at all, you will have beautiful new calaloo plants from which to cut the leaves.
We mention calaloo in particular, because, if you can only grow one thing, let it be calaloo. Steamed with other foods, it is an excellent source of iron for all members of the family, especially women. Have a lime drink with it. This helps to release the iron in the calaloo more quickly.
Are you ready? - Lets Plant!!!
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