What are some tricks for growing vegetables

Easily grow vegetables yourself

Do you like to eat fresh vegetables? How about if you grow your own vegetables? Growing vegetables isn't as difficult as it sounds! Here you can find out what to look out for when growing vegetables.

Wouldn't that be nice: Sitting on the balcony in summer and harvesting your own vegetables to prepare a fresh salad? You don't have a garden? No problem: Instead, you can also use your balcony, the small terrace or just the window sill for your plants. It not only looks chic, it is also thought beyond the (salad) plate: Your harvest cannot be more regional and you save yourself the trip to the supermarket. You also avoid packaging that creates unnecessary waste. And let's be honest: plants that you have grown yourself taste twice as good because of the gardener's pride, right?

Step 1: which location should you choose for your vegetables?

At the beginning of your vegetable cultivation, first check the available areas: Where is space for the plants, where do they get enough light? Are the plants even allowed to stand in the blazing sun? So think about where your plants should grow and then decide which types of vegetables you want to grow.

Step 2: should you buy ready-made plants or seeds?

If you are still at the beginning of your gardening career, it is best to buy ready-made plants in pots to get started. They can be placed directly on the balcony and you don't have to wait long for your harvest. If you're looking for the challenge, buy seeds and watch the new plants grow after they have been sown. Many types of vegetables can be sown from March when the sun shines longer again. From May the seedlings can move to a larger pot on the balcony and you can look forward to the harvest as early as July!

Step 3: which soil is suitable for growing vegetables?

Regardless of whether you choose ready-made plants or seeds, you definitely need soil to grow vegetables. Compared to other plants, vegetables require a lot of nutrients, so normal potting soil is not enough for healthy growth. Therefore choose a special vegetable soil, such as Kitchen Passion soil. It is packed with nutrients and helps your plants grow healthily right from the start.

Step 4: which vegetables should you choose?

All plants, like humans, have different needs. If you are just starting to grow your own vegetables, you should therefore not dare to try the sophisticated avocado straight away, but rather start with the classics. These include tomatoes, lettuce, and radishes.

The classic: the tomato

They belong on the salad, the pizza or are snacked “just like that”. If you want to harvest tomatoes at your home soon, consider the following:

  • Not only the tasty cocktail tomatoes, but also larger salad or beefsteak tomatoes find enough space in the bucket on the balcony or terrace.
  • Tomatoes need a constant supply of water for healthy growth. Too much water, for example, causes ripening tomatoes to burst, too little moisture means a poor harvest. So make sure you don't stress your plants from drought. It is best to choose a rain-protected place with lots of sun for the tomatoes
  • How to avoid fungal diseases: Never pour the water over the leaves of your tomatoes, always pour it directly onto the ground.

Quickly conjured up on the table from the balcony: the salad

  • Leaf salads like the sun, but can also cope well with partial shade. They thrive especially in midsummer with medium solar radiation but also on an east or west balcony.
  • The lettuce needs a consistently moist soil, but don't pour the water over the heads here either, but directly on the ground.
  • You can harvest from May to October - exactly the right time for summer balcony evenings with a salad from our own farm.

Nice and hot: the radish

They usually open the season in the vegetable patch because they can be planted early and harvested quickly because of their short growing season.

  • Radishes get along well in partial shade - so a place in bright light is not necessary.
  • The delicious root vegetables need a consistently moist soil. But be careful: Don't water too much, otherwise waterlogging will occur!
  • In summer you can harvest the radishes three to four weeks after sowing. They are best eaten fresh - but they can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days in a damp cloth.

Step 5: what nutrients does your plant need?

In addition to good soil and the right amount of water, nutrients are also essential for your plants: Especially with the vegetables, there are so-called low, medium and high eaters who need different amounts of nutrients.

  • Most herbs, as well as peas and radishes, are among the weak eaters: They can get by with few nutrients.
  • Medium eaters like strawberries, kohlrabi and carrots need a little more nutrition.
  • The heavy consumers are more demanding: tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins and cabbage.

Tip: Make watering your vegetables your morning routine, then you can start the day with a clear conscience without any effort - and soon be able to use your harvest directly.

Kitchen Passion fertilizers are particularly suitable as feed for your young vegetables. Either you use the fertilizer sticks - they are simply inserted into the soil and briefly poured on. Alternatively, you can add the Kitchen Passion liquid fertilizer directly to your irrigation water and add fertilizer and water in one step. For the particularly long-lasting fertilizing effect, however, the fertilizer pellets are best suited.

Kitchen Passion Nutrients

Organic long-term fertilizer for vegetables and herbs

Whichever fertilizer you choose - with the right nutrient supply, your vegetables will be particularly aromatic. Is your mouth watering already?