Common Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Vegetables

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If growing vegetables were easy, everyone would do it instead of paying for veggies that go bad in the kitchen. Even those who have been growing their own vegetables for years can make mistakes. Those who are starting out often have to process through a trial and error system that costs them time, money and good eats. Many of the most common mistakes made in growing vegetables can be corrected simply by knowing them beforehand and taking the advice to heart. Simply reading the following advice may have you eating your own delicious corn instead of having to rely on store-bought corn that is at best half as sweet as it would be if eaten immediately after being plucked off the stalk.

Corn.

To aid in the process of pollination you should plant your corn in at least two rows. The reason for multiple corn rows is that single row planting usually produces undeveloped kernels. You also don’t want to crowd your corn. A crowded cornfield reduces your yield. And, of course, there is the advice that Jed Clampett gave when a service worker asked him if he was going to give him a tip: “Plant your corn early.”

Onions.

It is easy to make the mistake of storing your onions in the winter immediately after harvesting, but it is also easy to avoid this mistake. When you pick your onions in the winter, you want to make sure they are completely dry before storing them in a cool, dry, dark place. Allow them to dry for several days and check that the stem is completely and totally dry before storing them away. Another common mistake made in the backyard vegetable farm is planting onions in new soil. More so than just about any other vegetable, onions absolutely thrive when planted in soil that has been pulverized and fertilized.

Beets.

You may have experienced great success with many vegetables in the backyard while having consistent trouble growing beets. There may be one very simple explanation for your problems. Check the soil for its acid content. Beets need alkaline soil to grow to your expectations. If your soil is acidic, you can simply add lime and try again.

Tomatoes.

One of the most common mistakes made by those new to growing tomatoes has to do with the confusion over the value of sunshine. Those who are aching to grow richly red tomatoes will often cut leaves in an effort to ensure that sunlight gets to the vegetable. Or is that fruit? The truth is that the red of a tomato is produced without the help of sunlight. You can grow very delicious and very red tomatoes even if they are hidden from the sunlight behind the leaves. On the other hand, cutting the leaves may have the effect of increasing susceptibility to diseases that cause defoliation.

Peas.

Jed Clampett’s advice is even more apt when it comes to peas. If you are experiencing problems growing peas, it could be because you have waited too late to plant them. You should plant your peas in early spring so they can reach maturity in June. The reason so many wait so long is to avoid a late frost, but peas are fairly hardy little vegetables and can handle a frost much better than other vegetables. Try to get them in the ground by the middle of March.