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Under this year's motto “Every bite counts. Protect what you eat - protect our earth. Live consciously and sustainably. Organic, Regional, Fair. ”The annual Earth Day takes place in order to offer leitmotifs for a wide range of activities on all aspects of environmental and climate protection for everyone. The goal is the impetus and the permanent implementation of a personal environmental agenda and we would like to give you tips for starting your own vegetable production. Now at the end of April, when the days are getting longer and the soil is warmer, is the ideal start to sowing numerous crops, in addition to the correct location and garden size, drawing up a planting plan for sowing is helpful.
To do this, you should start by making a list of plants that you want to grow in your garden. If you are new to the garden, lettuce, beetroot or radishes are suitable, since a decent harvest is possible without much experience. After you have made your list, it is important to plan a meaningful crop rotation to prevent diseases and pests in particular. By growing different plant families in your individual plots over the years, you can prevent many problems. To do this, arrange your list in the respective plant families. This gives you an initial overview of the required number of parcels. In addition, you should pay attention to the correct order of high, medium and weak eaters in order to optimally use the nutrients in the soil. Now you can still look to see which plant families you can even grow in a mixed culture in one plot.
There are numerous lists on the subject of “good and bad neighbors”, for example from the blogger couple from Kraut-Kopf: https://kraut-kopf.de/mischkultur-gemuesebeet/. Numerous types of vegetables can be grown side by side due to their different requirements and protect each other from pests. A classic example of this is carrot and garlic. Finally, you should think about when to sow which culture. The staggered sowing allows you to harvest crops such as carrots, spinach and lettuce regularly so that you can always harvest fresh vegetables in your garden. For this purpose, small quantities are continuously sown so that neither an empty bed is found in August nor is there a huge harvest. Practical tip: Now that it is getting warmer, not only the vegetables grow, but also the weeds. If you also have a problem with it in your bed, the best thing to do is to start removing the weeds while they are still small.