Gardening is a nice activity to do during your leisure time. Having your own garden at home will kick your house up a notch. And it will be better to grow some vegetables in your garden so that you can salt away more money as you cut down on buying vegetables in a grocery. But, somehow, beginning to build a vegetable at home may be tricky. This article will show you some vegetable garden tips that might turn out well.
Why Vegetables Gardening
If you have not made up your mind about growing vegetables at home, you can consider the benefits of vegetable gardening. Vegetables are high in nutrients. However, some vegetables are not as good as they seem since they have been contaminated by pesticides and other harmful substances. By growing your own vegetables, you know what you eat.
Growing your own vegetables can improve your health because it makes you do physical movements and mental activity. It is much better than being a couch potato, isn’t it? The most important thing is you can save more money because you do not have to purchase vegetables in a supermarket.
What to Start
If you are a beginner who is void of gardening experience, you will be confused about what to begin with. First of all, you need to decide the best place to build your garden. You might think a place with overwhelming sunshine is the best place.
Well, I disagree to some extent. It is said that a plant should get enough direct sunshine for 5 to 8 hours a day. Some vegetables flourish well with direct full sunshine while some others don’t. They grow well in a partly shaded area.
Vegetables which can grow well in a partly shaded area are broccoli, cauliflower, peas, beets, brussels sprouts, also radishes, Swiss Chard, leafy greens (these includes; collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kale), and beans.
On the other hand, some vegetables do need direct full sunlight. Those vegetables are tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, peppers, squash, and corns.
When to Start
The best time to begin planting vegetables in your garden depends on what you want to grow. It also depends on where you live, the condition of the soil, the climate, and the microclimate of your house.
There are some vegetables that are best planted in cool weather such as during the last spring frost or the winter. Vegetables which can germinate during the cool season usually have edible roots, stems, or buds such as beets and carrots. Even some vegetables like carrots and garlic can put up with prolonged freezing temperatures.
Some other vegetables can only flourish in warm temperature, especially during the summer. These vegetables produce edible fruits such as tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, etc. They are into the sunshine and warm weather. Therefore, make sure that you put them in an area which enables them to obtain full sunshine for, at least, 5 hours a day.
More Useful Vegetable Garden Tips
If you are new to vegetable gardening, some following useful tips may assist you in keeping your vegetables in their top-notch condition.
- Apply companion planting
Companion planting is a technique of planting different plants by putting them close to one another. Companion planting has been widely used by farmers and gardeners for years to deter pests, increase crops productivity, and better pollination. However, this technique does not always work well. If you want to apply this technique, make sure that the plants which you want to grow together get on with each other well, otherwise you will lose them.
If you are thinking about growing tomatoes, try to plant either basils or borages. Basils and borages are prominent companions of tomatoes. They can enhance tomatoes productivity and flavor. Put 3 stems of basil for each tomato to repel hornworms, mosquitos, whiteflies, and improve pollination.
- Save your tomatoes
Tomatoes belong to warm-season plants. They do need full sunshine and to be planted in a warm climate. What should you do if the tomatoes are ripening on their vein while winter is coming? They will not grow in a freezing temperature. Will you just let them wilted? Don’t worry! You can save your tomatoes by moving the plants to a warmer dry place inside your house. Hang them up again and your tomatoes will continue ripening.
- Deter the pests
Pests will always haunt your vegetables. But you can deter them by removing over-ripe vegetables. Over-ripe vegetables always attract pests. By removing them, your vegetables are safe.
- Water your plants in the early morning
The moisture of the soil plays an important role in growing vegetables. Unfortunately, it can be depleted. To maintain the moisture of the soil, water your plants in the early morning. This technique will also help you to deter fungal diseases.
Those are some useful vegetable garden tips which can make your vegetables grow well. You might find obstacles in the beginning. But you will make your garden out of this world. Happy gardening!