Be the First to Plant These Five Vegetables in Your Garden

If you are planning to add some new crops to your garden read the following easy to grow vegetables and be the first one to add them in your garden.

trombochinoTromboncino: Summer and Winter All in One
You can allow this one to grow to full size and then harvest it in winter, or you can harvest it as a summer squash.  In winter, it will grow larger, its skin will harden and it will become yellow,  while in the summer it will be small and green. When fully grown tromboncino is similar to a butternut squash and can reach up to 3-4 feet. If you grow it properly this plant grows extremely fast with a very high yield.

 How to grow it: in spring time after all the frost has been thawed, saw the seeds about 2 feet apart. You need to trellis the vine so this long fruit can grow freely. The squash should not weight more than 5 pounds, and it is important that you use a trellis that can support the weight.

moringaMoringa: The Ultimate Superfood
As yogurt, moringa leaves contain 2 times the protein, as oranges 7 time Vitamin C, as bananas 3 times potassium, as carrots 4 times Vitamin A and as milk 4 times calcium. Moringa leaves, flowers and seed pots can be used in food. This superfood is used to cure some ailments such as anemia, arthritis, joint pain, asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, epilepsy, stomach pain, ulcers, headaches, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney stones, fluid retention, thyroid disorders, and fungal, viral and parasitic infections. Also, maringa has complete amino acids –a great choice for vegans.

You can find moringa seeds online and order them. Moringa needs warm temperatures so the best time to grow it is in summer, or in warmer parts of the U.S. For those of you who live in a colder climate, you can grow it inside or in a green house. Moringa prefers well-drained soil. Before you plant it, make sure you have enough room because moringa can grow up to 15-20 feet in a season. In the first 2-3 months water it regularly, afterwards water it whenever it needs water. If you live in a climate that rains a lot, expect this tree to flower often because this water is adequate for it.

The young leaves, harvested, can be used like spinach, and you can use the older ones to make tea when they’re dried. The flowers can be consumed cooked or raw. You can harvest the pods young and snap them like green snap beans. When it comes to the mature seeds, dry them out and store them for a later use.

mizunaMizuna: A New Salad Green

This mild flavored Japanese mustard has lobed green leaves and a very pleasant bitter taste. It is a close relative to turnips, but it has its own flavor. This green is extremely easy to grow. It grows very fast but it also grows well .You can consume the leaves fresh or lightly cooked.

Mizuna can grow in full sun, but it also prefers some shade. It needs 3-5 hours of sun daily. You can start harvesting small leaves in about 20 days, and heads will start forming in about 40 days.

You will need well drained soil with a rich and organic matter. It will grow best in a soil pH of 6.5-7.0. You can star seeding indoors about 4-5 weeks before the last frost date. Begin sowing outdoors around 2 weeks before your last frost date and transplant indoor grown seedlings when they are at least 4 weeks old. Seeds will germinate quickly, within 4-8 days.

Plant the seeds 1/4 inch deep. Make sure you thin and harvest the plants when they are a couple of inches tall.

roasted-pumpkin-seedsPepitas: Yum

These plants produce pumpkin seeds and you are all familiar with them. Known as hulless seeds, pepitas are loaded with lots of nutrition. ¼ cup provides very important amounts of manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, protein, zinc, and iron. These seeds promote prostate health, they protect your bones, act as an ant-inflammatory and help in lowering cholesterol.

Pepitas can be directly seeded into rich soil in long season areas. You shouldn’t star planting until there is no danger of frost. Try not to disturb the roots when you are transplanting. Pepitas thrive in soil which is rich in nutrient, but be careful with too nitrogen rich soil. Keep soil moist, but not saturated. If you want to help seeds germinate quickly, make the soil above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

new-zealand-spinach-a-hardy-greenNew Zealand Spinach: A Hardy Green

This plant is not an actual spinach but it tastes similar and you can cook it the same way. New Zealand Spinach loves heat and has a sensitive frost.

You should consider growing New Zealand spinach if you live in the warmer climates, but it can also be grown in cooler climates. Start this plant indoors 2-3 weeks before the last frost of spring. Plant it during some warmer times of the year when it is harder for normal spinach to grow. The plant is drought tolerant, but the leaves will harden if not watered enough. Keep New Zealand spinach evenly moist and water regularly for rapid, full growth. Do not let the soil dry out.

This plant will be ready for harvesting 55-65 days after sowing. You might want to cut the tender leaf tips for a better taste. This will encourage a better and longer harvest.