- August 08, 2014
- Written by Andy Davis
Owning land is having possession of a tangible asset that has a host of benefits, one being the ability to farm.
It may sounds like a lot of unnecessary work to many, but there's a growing movement of people growing their own food. This food-to-table trend is also allowing some to feed their families and sell the excess to others for extra cash.
Farmers markets allow small-yield cultivators the ability to help others, and themselves, by selling everything from fruits and vegetables to herbs, plants and flowers. Consider container gardening if your land isn't well suited to farming.
Even in varying climates, here are some of the most popular choices and easiest to grow.
Green (Bush) Beans - Sow seeds every few weeks to enjoy a continual harvest through the summer.
Beets - You can plant your beets as soon as your soil can be worked in the spring.
Carrots - Plant carrots as soon as the soil can be worked. They thrive in fertile sandy loam.
Cucumbers - Give your cucumber plants generous amounts of organic matter and good fertilization and they will respond with lots of crunchy cucumbers; harvest them regularly to increase production.
Lettuce - Lettuce thrives in cooler weather so plant it in the spring and fall, sowing every few weeks for a continuous harvest.
Snap Peas - Plant your peas so that they can mature as early as your planting schedule allows and sow more seeds when cooler fall days return.
Radishes - Spring radish varieties are often ready in just three weeks and are more mild in flavor—hotter summer soil produces spicier radishes.
Basil - Plant basil in rich, moist soil where it can enjoy full sun. Sow your basil every few weeks for continual harvest.
Dill - Plant your dill seeds in warmer temperatures: it thrives in soil around 75 to 80°F.
Cilantro - Plant cilantro early in the season and sow seeds regularly for a continued harvest.
Parsley - Plant parsley in fertile soil with good amounts of organic matter and moisture.
Thyme - Grow thyme in an area that will receive full sunlight.