The joy of getting your own harvest is hard to compare with anything else: when the grown vegetables are on the plate, they certainly seem to taste better than store-bought, and in their usefulness is not to be doubted. The climate of the average strip of Russia makes many gardeners only sigh about the opportunities of the Black Earth. However, it is not difficult to get a good harvest from the garden, if you choose the cold-resistant and easy-to-care crops, which even a novice can easily cope with.
The benefits of broccoli have already been told by everyone today. And meanwhile, this treasure trove of vitamins is not only tasty and healthy, but also quite resistant to the cold. Broccoli likes low temperatures, so you can safely sow this vegetable a month before the expected date of the last frost in your area or, conversely, grow it from the summer to harvest in the fall.
Tip: If you leave more leaves on the stump when harvesting, it will develop side shoots. In this way, you can harvest twice or even three times a season from the same bush.
Cabbage – ornamental or edible – comes in a wide variety of varieties. You can choose among them early-ripening ones for the spring harvest and late-ripening ones for growing from midsummer to fall.
Bright and perfectly unpretentious flower will not only give you a good mood, but also useful in the kitchen: in addition to medical purposes, marigold can be used in cooking – for example, in the usual salads of vegetables from the garden.
You can harvest carrots from spring through fall. Since large roots simply won’t have time to form during the spring, you can choose miniature varieties and harvest as soon as the roots reach a sufficient size.
Tip: Carrots grown in cooler temperatures are sweeter. To protect crops from frost and continue to produce crops until late fall and even early winter, you should mulch root crops when there is a threat of frost.
You can harvest your first crop of chives as early as spring, as soon as the new leaves emerge. However, the flowers that appear later are also edible – they taste more like onions.
One of the most versatile vegetable crops that is not only edible but also ornamental, with a wide variety of colors, shapes and flavors. By planting a few seeds every week, you’ll ensure a fresh crop of lettuce at any time from spring through fall.
Like calendula, these lovely and unpretentious flowers can be eaten as a bright addition to desserts. Pansies sown in late fall can withstand frost and bloom early the following year.
Peas are easy to grow next to fences or on cone-shaped supports. However, if you do not have room for vertical structures, there are also upright varieties that can grow without supports.
The real champion of early maturity – radish – often enjoys the first results in a month after sowing. As a pleasant bonus – a large variety of shades of root crops from white to purple. And after the spring harvest, summer vegetables or flowers can be grown on the freed bed.
Tip: Because of its small size and rapid growth, radishes are also great for container gardening.
The color of one of the most beautiful vegetable crops covers a whole range of hues – purple, pink, red, yellow, orange, white and, of course, green. Chard tastes similar to spinach, making it a welcome guest in salads and hot dishes alike.
Tip: Among the varieties of chard, there are more and less cold-resistant, so it is better to refrain from sowing in early spring.
The so-called superfood is surprisingly easy to grow. Just like lettuce, it can bring you a harvest all summer long.
Tip: In regions with mild winters, spinach can be sown in the fall to see the first results in early spring.