How to get a bounty from your own garden
What could be nicer than coming out of the garden with full baskets and boxes? Aromatic herbs, crunchy fruit and fresh vegetables , grown thanks to loving care and attention. As a basis for a healthy diet and to protect the environment , your own garden is a valuable resource.
The feeling of cooking the homegrown fruit and vegetables is incomparable. How aromatic does fresh fruit taste that can be harvested at the ideal time and eaten directly without transport or storage ?
Actively experiencing nature is also an essential aspect of having your own garden. Feeling the changing seasons and seeing how the finished plant grows from a seed. What could be nicer for you and your family? According to the Öko-Institut eV 2014, the CO2 load of one kilogram of home-grown tomatoes is only 1/7 compared to imported tomatoes.
By growing your own vegetables, you are actively taking part in environmental protection, saving CO2 and producing oxygen at the same time.
With our tips you can experience the valuable treasures intensively:
1) It is best to harvest the aromatic herbs and the crunchy vegetables shortly before preparation .
2) If the vegetables are to be stored, an early morning harvest is recommended. This keeps the crops fresh and durable for longer.
3) Zucchini are harvested regularly , this is the best way to reproduce many fruits. Don’t let the fruits get too big, because it will take a long time for more fruits to come.
4) French and pole beans are harvested every 3 to 4 days , the longer the interval the vegetables become fibrous and hard.
5) Lettuce and chard are harvested leaf by leaf, which has the advantage that the plant still grows well and can be harvested again soon.
6) Depending on the variety, carrots and black salsify are carefully lifted out of the ground with a digging fork in late summer. In this way, the vitamin-rich treasures remain intact.
7) Onions are harvested as soon as the foliage has died. First spread out in a dry and warm place to ripen and store after about 2 weeks.
Apples have a maturity to pick and a maturity to eat. Store varieties in particular are harvested in autumn and are only ideal for consumption after a few weeks. Harvesting too ripe can also mean a shorter shelf life. You can find out which apple group your variety belongs to in our “Orchard” guide.
Don’t you have your own fruit tree yet ? That can be changed quickly. From new potting, we offer you the best quality pome and stone fruit from our own tree nursery. Pillar and dwarf fruit are the ideal plants for balconies and patios. We would be happy to advise you on this in our garden centers.
Would you like a crunchy salad and your own vegetables? Fennel, radishes, lettuce, spinach and lamb’s lettuce can still be sown — and in just a few weeks they will be on your plate as valuable treasures from your own garden.