Benefits of Gardening: Home Garden Bonuses

Benefits of Gardening: Home Garden Bonuses

There is an additional bonus besides the saving of money in the home vegetable garden cultivation. That is the tenderness and superb flavor of vegetables we harvest and prepare for table use when they are at their very best. Even if the cost were the same, we would happily work our own gardens because we know that those vegetables harvested in commercial fields, shipped to market and then used in the kitchen after a week (or more) has passed, simply cannot be compared in flavor and quality to those we harvest in our own gardens and eat the same day!

For a continuous supply, the planting of beans at about two week intervals will keep the table constantly supplied. One packet of Pole Beans will provide enough plants for the Small home garden for the summer season. We can also grow Shell Beans for double use . . . as Snap Beans when they are young and tender, or, if allowed to fully mature, we can dry them for kitchen use in the winter season after frost has cut down the vines and bushes. Beet plants in the row ought to be about three inches apart. We approach this ideal spacing by thinning the plants as they grow.

The tops of the small plants that are pulled can be cooked and eaten as “greens”, being much liked for that purpose. Not all Beets will mature at the same time, even though all of the seeds had been sown simultaneously. So, we will have fresh Beets from the garden from one row for many weeks. There are several good strains of Beets for the Golden Crescent. Some of the most popular are Ruby Queen, Detroit Dark Red. Red Ball, Early Wonder and Burpee’sRedhart. Burpee’s new Golden Beet is a real novelty that is well worth trying.

True to its name, it is a golden or Pumpkin yellow and has a delectable sweetness of flavor. The tops are especially good as “greens”. The Golden Beet is ready for the table in less than two months from planting of the seeds. Beets are best when about half grown, on to full maturity. If we are careful to see that the soil in which they stand never becomes bone dry, the roots will remain tender and juicy with no trace of toughness of stringiness, even when mature and of large size.

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