A vegetable garden is the simplest way of growing your own plants in a limited space. It is completely utilitarian and does not have to be a struggle to maintain at all. The popular lure of a vegetable garden is the prospect of having fresh vegetables (or fruits) at your disposal and not having to worry about foreign matter on the produce. If you are planning a small organic vegetable garden from scratch, then here is something for you.
Design your garden: Before you begin planting crops hither and thither in your allotted space, plan out the amount of space you wish to grow in, the type of crops you would like to grow and the image of the whole thing. This may not seem very important at first, but you would be more pleased with a neatly grown vegetable garden in your yard than a messy one after a while. It would be more beautiful to look at as well as to navigate among your plants. If you are dealing with space constraints, planning container vegetable garden is not a bad idea either and you can easily grow organic veggies right from your kitchen windowsill to your balcony area.
Decide on the spot: The area of your yard where you are planning to grow your crops should be located such that it receives the optimum amount of sunlight. It should also be accessible from your kitchen where you would be needing the produce from the garden the most. It will also help you to put organic waste from the kitchen to the garden which is very beneficial for them as opposed to fertilizers. Planning a vegetable garden with raised beds layout is also a very good idea that you can implement for saving good amount of space PLUS growing like minded plants together. This will also give you good savings on water and energy.
Build the garden to comfort: It has been discovered that a slightly raised patch of land is better than one that is level to the ground for the crops to grow in. They get better access to sunlight and this speeds up growth. The drainage is better with this arrangement as well. There is lesser water accumulation in the patches as excess water will get evaporated faster. This will also reduce the attraction of insects.
The higher level of the vegetable garden will bring it closer to your height which makes it easier to work on them. You will have to bend lesser which is better for your back. It doesn’t matter if you are planning a vegetable garden for two or a big family as long as the veggies you grow are absolutely delicious and healthy without any harmful pesticides that prove detrimental to you and your family.
Separate the vegetable patches: Grow different vegetables in different patches as the amount of water needed for each one is different and so is the growth space. You could grown under the ground vegetables like potatoes in one patch and tomatoes in another (though technically, tomatoes are fruits). It will be easier to identify your plants and it would be aesthetically pleasing as well.
When you leave space among the patches, for example two feet between your potatoes and tomatoes, you reduce the chances of stepping in slush. You can work on dry land and you can walk between you crops easily. It is also good for better balance while you work on your crops as you can plant your feet apart and work.
Build a good water system: You can go for the regular watering can or a hose, but a good drip watering system has its own advantages like lesser working time for you and better distribution of water among the crops.
Vegetable gardens can be brought to your homes in steps as simple as these!
Tips and Tricks for Vegetable Gardening
1. Organic fertilizers are much better and safe than rash chemicals. Chemical fertilizers when used for prolonged period not only buildup salts but can also prove detrimental for your health.
2. Once a seed sprouts make sure to water them or else it can die. If the seeds are covered with soil, you may sprinkle water once or twice a day to keep them moist.
3. Make sure to water your plants when you transplant them but make sure not to overdo it.
4. The best time for fertilize is before rainy season because too much clogging can ruin the seedling.
5. The best time to transplant seedlings to large containers is after they grow 2 pairs of leaves.
6. Make sure to water before and after applying mulch to your plants.
7. Coffee grounds make best mulch for acid loving plants such as roses.
8. Egg cartons are few of the best seed starters. Simply punch a hole at the bottom of the carton for drainage, fill with soil and plant your seeds.
9. You can test any old seed you have stored earlier by germinating it between moist paper towels. It can save you good amount of time and effort.
10. Caffeine works as an excellent herbicide. Just make sure not to add tea and coffee grounds too much.
11. The best time to water your garden is during early morning or late evening to save water. Do not water at odd times as it can burn the plants and increase the evaporation level which can lead to loss of water.