You are perhaps one of the many French people who have launched into the vegetable garden during the confinements. Or are you perhaps one of the French who will take the plunge this year? Well done ! But how do you find it in the seed catalogs?
How to choose between dozens of varieties of tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, peppers? Which zucchini to sow according to its use in cooking? Which green bean is harvested earlier or earlier in the season?
The Sainte-Marthe farm which produces all its seeds organically in Anjou had a good idea: to offer assortments adapted to your needs, or to your level of gardening.
“We started with assortments linked to climates and regions. We do not grow the same varieties in a vegetable garden in the mountains, a vegetable garden in Brittany or in the South”, explains Arnaud Darsonval, the company’s co-director. We have also created assortments around the calendars, depending on the season or month. We finally worked on assortments on the ease of a particular vegetable. Some are intended for new gardeners, others for more experienced gardeners with varieties that are more difficult to grow. “
“The bags have advice on their back. And customers can go further by going to our website. The point is to understand which vegetables will behave well in which region. The goal is that gardeners can then make their assortments on their own. “
There is also a simple way to find out if a particular strain is suitable for your region. Here is a small list of vegetables whose names speak for themselves: Colmar carrot, Valence eggplant, Petit Marseillais pepper, Bresse pepper, Cambrai green salad, monstrous leek from Elbœuf, petit gris melon from Rennes, Sucrine du Berry squash, late Angers cauliflower, Auvergne turnip, Nice round zucchini …
All these variety names already give good indications of their adaptability to your terroir.
If you are growing on a patio or balcony, there are some vegetables that are better suited than others. The vegetables will not be smaller, but it is necessary to choose varieties with more compact vegetation, less cumbersome than in a garden vegetable patch: “Smaller varieties in vegetation will not give too much shade to your other plantings. There are, for example, tomatoes like the ‘Maja’ which will make very beautiful fruits, while not exceeding 60 cm in height. “
Also consider sowing “18-day radishes”. They even grow in a planter. It is an almost foolproof sowing. And the kids love it because they can watch the emergence, shoot, and harvest quickly. Don’t forget to water them otherwise they will be stinging!
If you are afraid of having your hand too light or too heavy when sowing, do not hesitate to use what is called “pre-seeds”. These are seeds integrated into biodegradable fibers. The seeds are distributed so that they grow well.
These ribbons, discs or mats are really practical for beginners. You can sow flowers, aromatic plants, lettuce, arugula, mesclun, radishes, carrots …
Source site www.francetvinfo.fr