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Taking care of the vegetables

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Taking care of the vegetables

Temperature / ventilation

As soon as the sun shines, REMEMBER that the plastic cover on the GrowCamp must be OPENED.

That is to say: if the weather forecast does not guarantee rain all day, then - before you leave in the morning - you must at least open a corner of the plastic cover so that the heat can come out if the sun peeks out.

It does not take many touches of sun before it gets hot in the bed. If the sun shines from a cloudless sky, it will get too hot for the plants. Better a poor horse than no horse at all. As a general rule, it is said that the plants want the same temperature as humans - not warmer.

As soon as the night temperature is up around 8-10 degrees, you can completely remove the plastic cover - at least on one side of the bed (shelter side). Then you are free to open in the morning and close in the evening.

When it's really summer, there need be no plastic cover on the bed anymore. Then you also avoid watering if it rains. This does not apply to beds where you have tomatoes, cucumbers and other greenhouse plants. They require more heat, but when / if it gets REALLY summer, you will be able to settle for plastic cover on one side.

If it gets cold and there is night frost after you have sown and planted, you can put a piece of fibertex or other fabric over the plants inside the bed - then they will not be damaged. You can also turn on a few block candles in the bed. It does not take much to raise the temperature.

Water

The plants use lots of water - at least during hot periods. Remember: the soil dries out fastest in the corners and sides of the bed. Do not splash water - water thoroughly and not so often.

Open the plastic cover when it is raining. Then the rain falls softly through the insect net.

As far as possible do not water directly on the plants. They can be harmed by that. Water on the ground.

The optimum is that the soil is allowed to dry ALMOST before watering. But only almost.

In cold periods, be careful not to water too much. It is not good for the plants if the soil is drifting wet for a long time.

Thin out

Once the seeds you have sown germinate and have a few leaves, it is time to look at the distance between the plants. You almost always sow too closely.

If you want a proper harvest, you need to pull up excess plants.

Look in the garden encyclopedia and see how much distance there should be. You can possibly start with a little less distance and thin out further when excess plants have become so large that they can end up in the salad bowl as a delicacy. But it is not possible that there is too little distance between e.g. carrots and radishes. Then there is no room for the root to develop. For lettuce, it also applies that each plant must have space if you want strong heads.

Cut down - divide up - steadily

When caring for plants in a GrowCamp, SCISSORS are the most important tool. You have to prune! Remember: It is YOU who decides what the different plants may fill. If it all grows together, you will not get the benefits you could have. Give what you most want to eat, most space!

Use nets to support peas and beans - or as a divider to keep "order" in the bed. You can order net HERE.

 


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