The chilly wintery mornings are just the best. But what else is this season best for? To grow some amazing vegetables in your home garden. The foggy weather is the best time to invest in something productive. The vegetables and fruits available in the market are grown using endless chemicals and fertilizers to boost their harvesting time. But this kills the essential nutrients and vitamins they possess. Here’s how you can enjoy your favourite vegetables at home in a chemical-free manner.
5 Vegetables You Can Try Growing at Home this Winter
Winters are equivalent to vegetables. There are endless leafies and veggies available out there. But are they really safe to eat? Well, here’s how you can grow some vegetables simply at home that too in a chemical-free manner.
- An amazing vegetable that is used in almost all cuisine and even as a salad, cabbage is one of the easy-to-grow vegetables. This inexpensive winter vegetable can be grown from both seeds or transplants based on certain conditions. It is a powerhouse of Vitamin C and K as well as has endless health benefits.
- To grow cabbage at home, use a well-drainage potting mix and sow cabbage seeds 1-1.5 inches apart. Once they are germinated you can shift them to a larger place 18-25 inches apart. Make sure the soil is moist and you can also feed organic vermicompost so that they grow healthily.
- A popular root vegetable, the carrot is a popular winter fruit. Even our winters are incomplete without desi ghee’s ‘Gajar ka Halwa’. The antioxidants present in carrots are extremely beneficial for our skin, hair and eyes. You can grow these tasty and nutrition-rich carrots in your home garden.
- Carrots require loose soil to grow well. As they grow downward, make sure you use a container that is at least 10 inches deep or grow them on the ground. Sow the seeds at a distance of 2 inches and about 1.5 inches deep and take good care of them. Once they’ve reached a harvesting size, make sure to harvest them.
3. Green Peas
- One of the most popular wintery vegetables, green peas are vitamin and mineral-rich quick-growing vegetables. An excellent source of plant-based protein, green peas can help you provide protection from certain heart diseases and even cancer.
- Make sure to choose a location that gets an ample amount of sunlight to grow green peas. Sow seeds about 1-2 inches apart in well drainage soil and give them a good amount of water. Once the pea pods seem swollen and ready to harvest in a few weeks, you can enjoy the home-grown green peas.
- One of the most basic ingredients of our daily household, onions are a cold-season plant and can be tried growing at home. The watery eyes that we get due to onions are the reason for its health benefits which helps in weight loss and glowing skin.
- To grow onions, make sure you have well-drained fertile soil and good sunlight. You can grow them from seeds or even transplants. To grow from seeds, sow them 2-6 inches apart and about 1 inch deep. Once they start developing, you can harvest them if you want green onions, and if you wish to have the mature, brown ones, you will need to let them grow for a while.
- An annual wintery crop, spinach is undoubtedly a powerhouse of vitamins, iron, phosphorous and a lot of other essentials. If you’re looking for an easy-to-grow winter plant, spinach is the right choice.
- Choose a well-drained and organic-rich soil and sow spinach seeds in them at a distance of 3-4 inches. Make sure to keep the top layer moist and they get at least 3-4 hours of sunlight. In about 40-50 days your spinach will be ready to harvest and you can enjoy them.
Providing Nutrients to your Wintery Greens
Just the way we require good food and water, the crops need the required amount of nutrients to grow well. The chemical fertilizers and pesticides available in the market are mostly used, but they harm the soil, environment as well as our health. That’s why it’s advisable to use 100% natural and organic vermicompost or manure that provides the required nutrition to the soil as well as is safe. You can also add it to and try these grow at home vegetables.
At Girveda, we have 100% organic vermicompost made from cow dung of Gir cows. This vermicompost improves the soil’s drainage capacity and also boosts plant growth. As it is 100% chemical-free, it leads to healthy crops and food eventually. It can be used very easily by mixing in the regular plant soil in the required proportion once a month to reap the benefits. This way you can save a lot, and enjoy some amazing home-grown healthy and delicious greens this winter.