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What to keep in mind when growing vegetables

Vegetables fresh from the garden are rich in vitamins and simply delicious. But how do I create a kitchen garden and which vegetables are suitable for it? As with many things, careful planning is key. As a first step, you should think about the size of your kitchen garden and how the patches will be divided. If the layout is fixed, it is important to consider which varieties you would like to grow in future and how much space is needed for them. When choosing your vegetables, the plant, vegetation and ripening behaviour are key considerations. The following tricks help make the transition to growing your own vegetables easier. The best part? You will be rewarded with a rich harvest.

Each at its own pace

Consider the plant growth

Generally speaking, a distinction is made between the main slow-growing crops, which should be planted first, and early or late crops with much shorter growth times. Main crops include tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, cucumbers and onions. Spinach, lettuce and radishes are suitable early crops, while lamb's lettuce, cauliflower, kohlrabi and curly kale are good late crops.

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Here's to good neighbourliness!

These vegetable varieties get along very well

Birds of a feather flock together. But this doesn't necessarily apply to plants. The soil nutrients are used much better when plants with different nutrient requirements are mixed. Make sure to sow plants with medium nutrient requirements and those with low or high nutrient requirements together.

Plants with a low nutrient uptake: Dwarf French beans, lettuce, lamb's lettuce, radish, spinach, onion
Plants with a medium nutrient uptake:      Endive, kohlrabi, leek, chard, carrot, pepper, climbing French bean
Plants with a high nutrient uptake:      All large cabbage varieties, pumpkin, rhubarb, cucumber, potato, tomato, courgette

These plants get along well

Compatible varieties

Tomatoes and cucumbers

Tomatoes and peas

Lettuce, beans, cabbage and carrots

Carrots, onions and leek

Tomatoes and leeks

These plants need plenty of space

Separated varieties
Beans, peas and onions
Cucumbers, cabbage, beans and lettuce
Tomatoes, peas, cabbage and spinach
Cabbage and onions
Tomatoes and potatoes
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Proper care ensures an abundant harvest

Once your vegetable garden is set up, you will soon be able to harvest the first fruits if you provide proper care. Most vegetable varieties need nothing more than consistent soil moisture, a well-aerated soil and a balanced supply of nutrients to grow healthy and strong. Hoeing, watering and fertilising make up the bulk of regular care. The latter in particular is very important for the healthy development of plants. As growing vegetables draw a lot of nutrients out of the soil, you should provide your plants with a balanced supply of nutrients using fertilisers tailored to the needs of your crops.

The most important activities in your kitchen garden

Fortunately, growing fresh vegetables right on your doorstep is not difficult and rewarded with a tasty harvest after only a few weeks. Find practical tips for getting off to a good start with the vegetable patch here.

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