In the next five years, there will be more than 2 billion vegetables grown in the world.
That’s an unprecedented number and one that will take a lot of planning and research.
But what’s a summer vegetable farmer to do?
To begin with, you can only produce one or two crops a year.
And in the winter, there are few or no vegetables to harvest.
The best you can do is to focus on vegetables that are in season, but not so much that they’re unavailable.
“If you’re going to grow winter vegetables, you need to be growing them in spring,” says Thomas Zweig, director of the Institute for the Future, a new think tank that is part of Next Big Futures.
Vegetables are a particularly vulnerable crop because they’re so seasonal, Zweigs lab says.
So, it makes sense to start planting them in the summer months as well.
But that means that you need the right technology.
“You need to have a system that’s capable of growing summer vegetables,” Zweige says.
This could include a crop rotation that starts with seeds in the fall and ends in the spring.
It could also include using soil that’s suited for the winter climate and a soil-harvesting system that includes using a combination of soil and fertilizer to grow vegetables in a predictable way.
And it could include an irrigation system that can keep plants watered and in a stable position over long periods of time.
But most important, the goal is to get the most out of the crop, Zwig says.
Vegetable farmers have to figure out how to get all of this done in the shortest amount of time so that they can grow enough vegetables to make a profit.
And that means using different techniques.
Here’s how to grow summer vegetables.