Tips for the Perfect Vegetable Garden

It’s official; Food Gardening is the hottest trend in home gardening right now, for several reasons. Obviously, the economy has many of us looking for ways to reduce our grocery bills and to develop their own can save a lot of money compared to grocery prices. In addition, we want to know that the food we bring to our body is as healthy as possible. And best of all, homemade food tastes better than anything you can buy in the store.

If you are like the other 21 million people in North America who are going to create a vegetable garden for the first time this year, a few proven tips will probably be useful to ensure success. Even experienced veterans do not get tired of being reminded of the most important steps to a lush garden.

A homemade vegetable garden is easy to start and does not require as much effort as you might think to grow it strong. If you follow a few simple steps, you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor in no time.

Location is Key

Most vegetables grow best in direct sunlight. Find yourself a place that, if possible, has at least six hours a day. To give all your plants the most sunlight, place the tallest ones like corn, tomatoes or beans on the North or west side, so as not to shade the smaller plants.

It’s about the soil

The most suitable soil for vegetables contains a lot of compost and organic matter such as composted leaves and crushed or shredded and aged bark. Whatever you start, incorporate enough organic matter so that the modified soil is neither sandy nor compacted.

If the mixture is correct, it binds when you squeeze it, but breaks easily when disturbed. This soil is full of living microorganisms that help feed your plants. The water is sufficiently retained and does not saturate the soil.

Water wisely

For most vegetables, one inch of water per week, including natural precipitation, is enough. The most effective and productive type of irrigation is the use of garden hoses and gutters. These provide water slowly, on target allowing roots time to absorb moisture and soil to hydrate sufficiently and helps keep foliage dry. Moist foliage for long periods can promote ailment. Automatic timers are a great way to take the hassle and worries out of this important step.

Use of mulch

Add a three-inch layer of each organic mulch around your plants and on irrigation lines if possible. Mulch insulates the soil and helps to keep it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It also helps to retain moisture, suppress weeds and acts as a protective barrier against ailments that splash soil on plants. And besides, the mulch in the garden looks good.

Knowing the source of your mulch is as important as using it. Especially in a vegetable garden. Some mulches may contain unacceptable amounts of harmful chemicals. Although there is no certification for bulk mulch yet, the non-profit Organization, the mulch and Soil Council, certifies packaged mulch and soil as free of harmful ingredients. Look for your seal on the bag or ask your bulk mulch supplier if they know the source of their mulch.

Use patience with pest control

Although pests are usually present in every vegetable garden at some point, nature usually takes care of the problem through patience. After all, of all the insects in your garden, only 3% are actually harmful. As long as you practice the previously mentioned steps, you have already taken appropriate measures to encourage the growth of healthy plants that can better withstand potential pest strikes.

If you need to resort to insecticides, use them responsibly! That is, only after in the day or in the evening, and then only if necessary. Never apply pesticides in the morning when pollinators and plants are most active. Otherwise, they will probably finish them too. I believe that it is better not to use chemicals in a food garden, of all places! Instead, focus on growing healthy plants with great soil and sunny conditions and let nature take its course. Synthetic pesticides and even many organic/natural pesticides are not selective, which means that they also finish beneficial insects.

Do not over-fertilize

Too much fertilizer, especially nitrogen (the first digit on the fertilizer package), can promote much more abundant green growth at the expense of fewer fruits and a smaller harvest. Excessive fertilizer can also be harmful to your plants and the soil. Instead, add as much organic compost as possible, up to 20% of the total soil composition. Integrate it into the rest of the soil and you will provide your plants with the nutrients they need to thrive naturally. In other words, feed the soil and let the soil feed the plants.

By putting into practice what I suggested above, you put your garden in the right place and prepare it for a fertile season. The reward is a healthier, more productive garden and fresh food that tastes better than anything you can buy in the store. What could be better than that?

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