Maybe this is the year you finally begin to grow a few vegetables. Why not give it a try? The key is to start small and see how you like it.
“When planning a garden, most people have delusions of grandeur,” says Bob Yedowitz, the third-generation nurseryman and owner of Emil Yedowitz Sons Inc. in Yonkers. “They want to plant a farm — and they end up getting disappointed.”
“When starting, remember to keep it simple,” says Yedowitz, who gave a talk last month at St. Matthew’s Parish House in Bedford on “Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces and Containers” as part of the annual Home Gardening Lecture Series sponsored by the master gardener volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester.
Rather than planting row after row of exotic vegetables, start with a few basics such as tomatoes, cucumbers, greens or peppers, he suggests. A 10-by-4-foot raised bed makes an ideal starter garden. If you don’t have space for that, try a container, Yedowitz says. Just make sure you use one that’s large enough to accommodate a full season’s growth and root expansion.
Lettuces are among the easiest vegetables to grow in containers because they grow quickly and don’t develop an extensive root system. They also grow particularly well from seed.
And new attractive varieties are coming onto the market every year. This spring, Renee’s Garden has a gorgeous new lettuce called ‘Sea of Red.’
(photos from Renee’s)
It features loose, open heads and long sword-shaped leaves in a deep mahogany-red.
Many red lettuces fade in the hot sun, but not ‘Sea of Red.’ Its vibrant shade of red just gets more intense.
Lettuces do best in the cool weather of mid-spring, and then put out more seeds in late summer for a fall crop.
Renee’s promises that ‘Sea of Red’ tastes as good as it looks. It sounds like the perfect accent for any green lettuce in your salad bowl this summer.
For more information, visit www.reneesgarden.com or call 888-880-7228.