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Organic Vegetables

5 Organic Vegetables which are Easy to Grow

This guest post is by James Christie who writes for Thomson Local.

Organic vegetables are a healthy food source because they are grown in a natural way. They are also good for the environment, because no potentially harmful chemicals are used in producing them.

Broccoli 

Broccoli is vegetable that can be grown indoors from seed. If being harvested in the summer, seedlings should be planted when they are no more than four weeks old. For an autumn harvest, seedlings should be four-six weeks old before being planted. Broccoli will do well in a sunny area of the garden and in fertile soil. Seedlings should be planted from 18 to 20 inches apart.

Radishes

Radishes are a fast growing vegetable and should be sown from the beginning of spring to the late summer. They can be grown in pots or grown from seed in a garden or allotment. The seed spacings should be about an inch apart. Radishes are plants that will thrive in shade, but do need to be watered in particularly dry spells.

Beetroot

Beetroot is another vegetable that can be planted directly from seed, and will thrive in fertile soil and sunshine. Seeds should be planted between April and July. There should be a gap of roughly four inches between the seeds, with two seeds planted together. Beetroot can be grown in pots, and are a plant that requires care in terms of weeding and watering.

Lettuce

Lettuce is a vegetable that is ideal to grow in the UK because it loves cool weather and the rain. Lettuces will do well when grown near other vegetables that provide the vegetable with shade. Several seeds should be sown in the same spot, with a space of six inches between each sowing, which should be done in a drill. Different types of lettuce are grown at different months of the year, but most will mature in the summer months.

Potatoes

From seed, most types of potato should be sown in containers, such as egg boxes, in mid-February, and planted in the ground about a month later. The weakest growths should be removed before planting. Potatoes should be placed in rows in an area where they’ll receive lots of sunshine, and with a gap of at least a foot between each. One easy way of growing organic potatoes is to save several that have been bought for consumption, and then sow them directly into the ground.

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