Monsoon season is upon us and dewy wind will soon make our ambience even more serene.
Smell of wet soil, breezy evenings and nights adorned with mist is every old school's dream and monsoon gives us exactly that. But do you know this is the perfect time to get started with vegetable gardening?
In India, the monsoon season usually lasts for four months starting from June to September and makes for an excellent time to grow any plant.
As there is a drop in temperature, the environment and moisture aids to the growth of plants and many vegetables are suitable to grow in this weather.
So, if you are looking for a starter information about growing fresh vegetables at your home, here are a few vegetables you can pick for your monsoon ready kitchen garden.
Tomato, Tamatar (Solanum lycopersicum), one of the most versatile vegetables, rule the entire food domain. Right from desi Indian curry to amazing Italian sauces, tomatoes can be found everywhere and hence are perfect to be grown in your home garden.
Choose from the variety of tomato seeds available on nurserylive for growing and enjoy the richness that organic tomatoes can bring to your food.
Carrot, Gajjari (Daucus carota subsp. sativus), is a vegetable that is loved by all heatlh experts and health enthusiats. Growing gajar in monsoon season is simple as it is a year-round crop. You just have to choose the right quality seeds and basic care of your carrot crop will help you to have a fresh supply of juicy gajar from your own home garden around the year.
Ladies finger, Okra, Bhindi (Abelmoschus esculentus) is a veggie that is a staple in almost every Indian household. Be it masala curry, or Okra chips, lady finger is enjoyed by people of every region.
Its one of the easiest vegetables to grow, needing a sunny and humid climate to grow. The start of the rainy season in India is the ideal time to plant bhindi.
Eggplant, Brinjal (Solanum melongena) is another popular vegetable in indian and middle eastern cuisine. Native to South India, Baingan absolutely rules some authentic Indian curries. Baingan ka bharta, crisp brinjal fries are are souls of Indian culinary. It is a loved vegetable and grows well in rainy seasons.
Radish, Mooli, Mula (Raphanus sativus) is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Popular for its benefits in a salad and soups, it's widely grown all across India. Mooli ke parathe or the super tasty achaar, this is undoubtedly every moms preferred vegetable.
Bean, sem phali, semi is a legume grown for its nutritious seeds. One of the longest-cultivated plants, these can be grown anywhere without much care. These are easy to cook including boiling, frying, and baking, and are used in several dishes across multiple cuisines.
Most loved way to eat beans is to stir fry them and eat them with a serving of rice.
7. Sweet Potato / Shakarkand
Sweet Potato, Shakarkand (Ipomoea batatas), sweet potatoes are best to be grown in monsoon season. These are super easy to grow in large containers or backyards. This unique vegetable is mostly boiled or baked and then used in traditional dishes such as chaats and salads.
Beetroot, Carkkaraiva, chukandar (Beta vulgaris), is a vegetable famous for its countless benefits, it is possible to have Beetroots all year round and not just the rainy season!
They are so easy to grow that even a gardening beginner can plant them. Monsoon season can be perfect to have nutritious beetroots in your home garden.
So what are you waiting for ? Got out start prepping to enjoy monsoons and get planting your veggie garden.
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