The monsoon season is upon us and the dewy winds will soon make our atmosphere even more serene.
The smell of wet ground, breezy evenings and nights adorned with mist is every old school dream and the monsoon gives us just that. But do you know that now is the perfect time to get started with vegetable gardening?
In India, the monsoon season usually lasts four months starting from June to September and is an excellent time to grow any plant.
As the temperature drops, the environment and moisture contribute to plant growth and many vegetables are suitable for growing in this weather.
So, if you’re looking for a starters guide on growing fresh vegetables in your home, here are a few veggies to pick for your monsoon-ready vegetable garden.
1. Tomato / Tamara
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Tomato, tamatar (Solanum lycopersicum), one of the most versatile vegetables, rule the entire nutritional domain. From desi Indian curry to great Italian sauces, tomatoes can be found everywhere and are therefore perfect for growing in your own garden.
Choose from the variety of tomato seeds available to grow at nursery live and enjoy the richness that organic tomatoes can add to your food.
2. Carrot / Gajar
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Carrot, Gajjari (Daucus carota subsp. sativus), is a vegetable that is loved by all health experts and health enthusiasts. Growing gajar in the monsoon season is easy as it can be grown all year round. You just need to choose the right quality seeds and basic root crop care will help you have a fresh supply of juicy gajar from your own vegetable garden all year round.
3. Okra / Bhindic
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Ladies finger, Okra, Bhindi (Abelmoschus esculentus) is a vegetable that is a staple in almost every Indian household. Be it masala curry or okra chips, lady finger is enjoyed by people from every region.
It is one of the easiest vegetables to grow and needs a sunny and humid climate to grow. The start of the rainy season in India is the ideal time to plant bhindi.
4. Brinjal / Baingan
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Eggplant, Brinjal (Solanum melongena) is another popular vegetable in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Hailing from South India, Baingan definitely reigns supreme over some authentic Indian curries. Baingan ka bharta, crispy brinjal fries are the souls of the Indian culinary world. It is a beloved vegetable and grows well in rainy seasons.
5. Radish / Mooli
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Radish, Mooli, Mula (Raphanus sativus) is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Popular for its benefits in salads and soups, it is grown all over India. Moolike parathe or the super tasty achaar, this is undoubtedly every mother’s favorite vegetable.
6. Beans / Shem Phali
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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 a variety of dishes in multiple kitchens.
The most popular way to eat beans is to stir fry them and eat them with a portion of rice.
7. Sweet Potato / Shakarkand
Sweet potato, Shakarkand (Ipomoea batatas), sweet potatoes are best grown in monsoon season. These are super easy to grow in large containers or backyards. This unique vegetable is usually boiled or fried and then used in traditional dishes such as chaats and salads.
8. Beetroot / Chukandar
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Beetroot, Carkkaraiva, chukandar (Beta vulgaris), is a vegetable known for its countless benefits, it is possible to have beetroot all year round and not just in the rainy season!
They are so easy to grow that even a novice gardener can plant them. The monsoon season can be perfect to have nutritious beets in your vegetable garden.
So what are you waiting for? Get started preparing to enjoy the monsoon and plant your vegetable garden.