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5 easy to grow vegetables in December

The month of Christmas is here and for every kitchen gardening enthusiast, we have the top 4 veggies you would want to have this Christmas. For Fruits, Flowers or Vegetables, we are ready to make our gardens green again. 

From cauliflower to leafy greens here are the must-have veggies to grow this winter.

1. Cauliflower

The cauliflower is a vegetable that belongs to the cabbage family. They are flower buds of the plant. It is highly appreciated for its taste. It can be served both raw and cooked.

Cauliflower retains its white colour due to protective leaves that grow around the head. The leaves protect the head from the sun, preventing chlorophyll formation and preventing the head from turning green. 

Growth and Care: Cauliflower being a winter vegetable is usually planted from September to October. The plant is grown using the transplantation method.

  • Seed trays or paper cups can be used to start seeds. 
  • Sow the seeds in loose seed starting potting mix about 1/4 inch deep. 
  • Water it thoroughly and nurture it in a warm environment. 
  • Check the moisture level daily and sprinkle water if the soil begins to dry out. 
  • The first seedlings should sprout in around 3-4 days. 
  • The seedlings can be transferred when they are about 4-6 weeks old. 
  • The soil may be loamy or clayey. 
  • A good amount of water will yield the pre-flowered cauliflower in 2 months.

Benefits:

  • It is a vegetable that provides all-around nutrients and vitamins.
  • It is rich in fibre and antioxidants and reduces body weight.

2. Peas

Peas are the fruit and seed of a vine plant that is grown and consumed worldwide. They can be eaten raw, frozen, in soup or salad, or cooked into a variety of meals. Peas provide a delicious sweetness in the form of a crisp tiny ball. The degree of this delicacy will vary depending on the kind, with fresh sweet peas being the most candy-like.

Growth and Care: Peas are generally grown in cold temperatures. It is a climber plant so choose where it can climb.

  • These plants require full sun and well-draining soil. 
  • They require less fertilizer than many other vegetables, therefore a little compost added to the soil before planting is usually sufficient. 
  • Only water when there isn’t enough rain. 
  • Keep a watch out for cutworm and aphid damage. 
  • It is important to harvest peas at the proper time. 
  • Pick peas as soon as the pods reach their full size.
  • It should be soft, delicious, and thin-skinned.

Benefits:

  • Less maintenance, easy to grow.
  • A good source of protein.

3. Radish

Radishes are a type of taproot vegetable with light-coloured, crisp flesh and varying skin colour. Raw radishes have a tangy, slightly peppery flavour. Cooking a radish softens the strong bite and brings out an earthy, natural sweetness. The winter radish is eaten raw in salads. The winter radish is fast growing.

Growth and Care: Radish is a cold-season vegetable that thrives in cool, wet environments. Radishes thrive best in well-draining sandy loams rich in organic matter and with a pH of 5.8 to 6.8.

  • Radish should be cultivated in full to partial sun. 
  • Radishes will benefit from small doses of nitrogen fertilizer applied at regular intervals throughout the growing season. 
  • Seedlings should be maintained evenly moist but not damp as they grow. 
  • Radishes normally attain full maturity 30 to 50 days after planting. 
  • They should be uprooted as soon as possible because over-mature radishes become woody and bitter.

Benefits:

  • Radishes contain a lot of fibre, which eases digestion.
  • A vegetable-rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.

4. Spinach

Spinach is a superfood. It is loaded with tons of nutrients in a low-calorie package. It is distinguished by its great nutritional value since its vitamin and mineral content is higher than that of other vegetables.

Growth and Care: Spinach requires well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter, such as compost or composted manure, as well as a pH of 6.5 to 7. The temperature ranges from 10°C to 22°C.

  • Direct sunshine to partial shade is required.
  • Avoid over-watering; spinach grows best in cold temperatures.
  • Bolting is another prevalent concern with spinach plants, in addition to pests and diseases.
  • Your spinach plants are bolting if they are going to seed.
  • This could be caused by a lack of water, too much sun, or too much heat during the later phases of growth.

Finally, uproot the green leafy plant when they are matured.

Benefits:

  • Provides loads of iron, calcium, and other vital minerals.
  • Good source of roughage for digestion.
  • Important for skin, hair, and bone health
  • Prevents cancer, is insulin sensitive, prevents asthma, and lowers blood pressure.

5. Dahlia

Dahlia, native to Mexico and Central America, is an easy to grow flowering plant that grows ranging from 12 inches to even 8 feet. It was declared as the National flower of Mexico in 1963. Most of the species of this flower do not produce scented flowers. The care to be taken off the plant majorly depends on the area in which it is being grown. You can buy Dahlia seeds online at an affordable price.

Growth and Care: 

  • Dahlias thrive well in fertile, slightly acidic soil which is full of organic matter.
  • Place it in a well sunlit area that gets around 6-8 hours of sunlight. Dahlias are the easy to grow flowering plants that are blooming flowers therefore they thrive well in sunlit areas. Offer the plant some protection from strong winds.
  • Water the Dahlias once or twice a week. Do not leave them unwatered as they require a constant supply of water to grow well. You can buy Dahlia seeds online or from a nearby organic store.

Benefits:

  • Prevents constipation
  • Helps in weight loss

These were a few of the many easy to grow flowering plants that you can plant and enrich your garden with, in the month of December!

Some general tips 

  • Making a traditional greenhouse with the help of PVC pipes and some transparent sheets is always a jugaru idea and also protects your veggies from frost and excessive cold.
  • Preparing the soil early and planting the seeds in the y months is a great start.
  • While planting the seeds make sure the soil covers twice the thickness of the seed planted for optimum conditions and temperature.

These were some fresh easy to grow flowering plants in the kitchen gardening ideas. Keep visiting to know more about kitchen gardening.

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Cheers to happy Gardening!

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