Planting Vegetables Posted on August 3, 2020August 3, 2020 by tobydorr Choosing the right vegetables for you Your health Your climate Your space Which veggies grow together nicely? Basil and marigolds grow great with tomatoes and peppers as the basil helps repel both flies and mosquitoes. Marigolds are another good option as the help with repelling nematodes. Corn, squash and beans grow well together because beans can grow up the cornstalks and fix nitrogen in the soil through the rhizobacteria that develops on their roots. The squash will provide protection from predators and shade on the soil surface, reducing watering needs. Carrots and onions grow well together because onions can repel the carrot fly and aphids. Mint can help repel garden slugs that feed on lettuce leaves. Plants such as lettuce and carrots are heat sensitive and can be grown underneath bigger plants such as tomatoes that can provide them protection from the sun in the shade. Soil Depths IE: Root Veggies Root veggies can grow in as small as a 6” deep container but most varieties prefer 12” or more to prevent stunting their growth. Creating Veggies from a seed or regrowth (propagation) How & what veggies are easy to regrow Romaine lettuce, celery, and other leafy greens can be continuously harvested by only removing the outer more mature leaves while leaving the top new growth. Try not to remove more than 1/3-1/2 of any plant however since the newer leaves left may become damaged from intense sun. Seeds from a veggie can be sprouted & regrown Many plants that are harvested with fully mature seeds inside can be saved and re planted however the variety may not come out true to type if it cross pollination is allowed to occur. Some plants require special treatment prior to planting however to help break natural dormancy and enable successful germination. When to pick your veggies, and what happens? Pick leafy greens when they are young and tender leaving at least 1/2 of the plant in the middle rosette to allow regrowth and routine harvest. Pick fruits right when they reach their full color, depending on cultivar. Pick larger ripe ones first to allow the smaller unripe ones the chance to continue growing. Do you plant more, or will more grow in its spot? Once plants become older and start yield less than half of what they originally produced, it is often best to remove and compost, then replant with a little fertilizer if climate conditions are still favorable in your area.