Vegetable growing: raising vitamins

Here's what to expect:

Planning vegetable plots

Using machinery to work and care for the soil

Raising seedlings

Seeding, planting and caring for vegetables

Harvesting, sorting and marking

Packing, marketing and selling vegetables

A love for fresh vegetables

Sun-ripened tomatoes, mushrooms and peppers, onions and courgettes, aubergines and sweet maize: a delicious pizza is piled high with vegetables. Fortunately, vegetable horticulturists grow them in plenty. Many people have no idea how peas grow or that a head of cauliflower really is the plant's flower head. Vegetable horticulturists , by contrast, are familiar with many types of vegetables both common and uncommon, from seeding to planting, care and weeding to harvesting and marketing. 

For nature and tech lovers

How vegetable experts fill their busy days depends on the type of operation where they work. Some companies grow many different varieties in small quantities, while others specialise in a few cultivars produced on large tracts. Crop planning — determining the sequence in which different types of vegetables are grown one after another or adjacent to one another — is a major factor in open-air cultivation. In indoor cultivation, by contrast, the emphasis is on sophisticated greenhouse technology, with elements from irrigation to fertilisation to temperature regulation controlled by computer. This takes specialised skills. 

Harvesting vegetables — and accolades

Both in conventional operations and on organic farms, there are many exciting discoveries to be made. How many people know that it's possible to raise cucumbers entirely without soil? Or that bumblebee colonies are frequently used to pollinate tomato flowers when growing under glass? Those who acquire additional expertise in a specific area can find especially good prospects on specialised farms that grow items such as herbs or mushrooms. You'll be working with a fine team — and your salad will taste that much better when you've grown the ingredients yourself. 

Video: The Vegetable Farmer