10 Fascinating Edible-Plant Facts Gardeners Need to Learn
Constantly doing research and following what’s new when it comes to gardening, we’ve come up with a list of 10 very important facts that gardeners should learn and practice in their gardens.
Scroll down and learn these fascinating facts about plants:
1. Watch Out for Nitrogen Deficiency in Plants
Nitrogen is as important to plants as protein is to animals. Nitrogen-starved plants look paler than normal, and their lower leaves start to yellow, which is especially evident on squash, peppers, broccoli and other heavy-feeding annuals. And don’t just follow the package instructions, but get to know your plant too! Many gardeners often make this mistake and then even though they followed the instructions, there is still nitrogen deficiency. There are actually other factors that imply how much nitrogen you should use. Your soil may be sandy and allow nutrients to quickly leach away. Or, maybe the bag of chicken manure you applied was sitting at the nursery too long and the nitrogen volatilized into the air before you bought it. Or, a particular plant variety is an especially heavy feeder. Having said that, you must be careful when it comes to this.
2. When to Use Transplants We recommend you use transplants when you need to give some crops a head start on the weather or to make plant spacing easier. In most countries, the longer-season crops (including tomatoes) are the only plants that need extra growing. Follow the timing directions on your seed packets for best results. And, when you decide to purchase transplants, choose strong plants that aren’t much bigger than the pot they’ll grow in. Garden centers like selling bigger plants at higher prices, yet, these plants are often stressed and root-bound and won’t grow as well after transplanting as smaller plants would.