Do I Have Enough Space For My Vegetable Garden?
A Vegetable garden is not only beneficial to reducing your household grocery bill, done correctly it can also be a great attraction to your property. There exist a numerous diversity of Vegetable you can grow in your garden, some.such as certain cabbage plants, are even ornamental. If you’re just starting off growing vegetables, then be aware that vegetable gardening is not always an easy task to undertake as it requires dedication and sometimes hard work to produce a thriving garden.
However, you can start of as small or large as you like. I always suggest to beginners that they concentrate on a smaller plot to begin with. Stick to growing plants that are hardy, disease resistant and suitable for your climate and soil types.
One of the main challenges of small garden designs is, of course, space, so you must be disciplined in your approach. Although experimentation is entirely more comfortable in a small garden, you would need to spend some time planning and thinking about the potential veggie fit regarding color, height, spread, and texture.
Here are few vegetable garden ideas beginner gardeners need to learn before starting their veggie garden.
1). Do You Have Enough Space?
This is a common issue with suburban gardens in particular. Often people assume you have to have a large plot in the backyard. But you’re not really restricted to area when wanting to construct a garden. Vegetable gardens can be constructed using containers or even planted singularly throughout your current garden beds.
Since not all plants grow at the same level of maturity, height or width then you should make sure your vegetable gardening space is enough to handle the growth of each veggie you have selected. And under the specified sunlight condition.
2). Start Minimally.
Small gardening designs do not require the presence of all the vegetables you are familiar with. As a beginner in the field of gardening you choose maybe half a dozen varieties that will compliment each other on the dinner table.
3). Include Your Children When Selecting a Theme or Varieties.
This makes gardening enjoyable not only for the grown-ups but for your children as well. It is an excellent way to move the kids out of the house and into the healthy atmosphere of your Garden. Research has shown that including children in the planning and development of a vegetable patch makes them more likely to eat them. It helps them to develop a sense of responsibility.
Children love to observe plant growth over time. However, they can have short interest spans. When deciding on which plants to grow, always include some radishes and loose-leaf lettuce plants. These plants are quick to grow and will keep your children interested.
I also found with my grandchildren love bean plants. They will eat the crop fresh off the plants, before they ever reach the dinner table. But this doesn’t matter because as long as they eat them they will receive the benefits that fresh produce can supply them.
Some Easy Vegetables To Grow In Your Garden.
You should select veggies that are easy to grow, high nutrition value and of course your kids favorite. Additionally, always consider climatic needs of the vegetables you want to grow. You can record crops that thrive in a particular climatic zone so that even when the climate changes, you still have an idea of what to plant based on your record. Below is a list of easy to grow veggies to help you decide. Some tolerate summer, others winter, some spring or fall.
1. Tomatoes. Cherry tomato is the perfect type that does well in most soils and tolerates cold climates. However, if you plant potatoes in the fertile ground, you will need to apply drenching techniques every week until the start of fruiting.
2. Radish. Radishes are easy to plant root vegetables you can grow as they thrive well in all climates, throughout the year and in temperature zones. They are short season crops that take 4 to 5 weeks from planting to maturity. Insects and disease do not easily attack them due to their early maturity.
3. Carrots. Carrots grow well in soils rich in organic materials, they grow well in warm climates but does not tolerate hard kind of grounds.
4. Spinach. Spinach thrives best in colder climates. The seeds are planted direct into the beds, covered with soils and regularly watering especially during hot weather conditions. During harvesting harvest big leaves, at least 5-6 stalks for better growth.
5. Bush beans. These veggies grow favorably in warm weather conditions. Feed them with liquid fertilizers and remember to harvest when they are young and tender.
6. Sweet pepper. This veggie thrive best in warm climatic conditions, however, does not tolerate low overnight temperatures. You can plant sweet peppers in the containers, or direct to the plots or beds.
7. Mini Tomato’s. Tomato’s can be difficult plants to grow. They usually take a lot of maintenance work and can suffer from various diseases. However, the tiny or Mini varieties are generally much easier to grow. As a matter of fact I haven’t had to plant them in my garden for many years. The birds do the job for me by spreading the seed. I simply remove those plants that are in places I’m not happy to have them.
8. Open Leaf Lettuce. There are many varieties and colors of this type of lettuce, from green to red and many shades in between. They are easy to grow and pick. You simply rip off the young leaves and place them in your salad. It is a long lasting plant because new leaves will grow back after you pick the old ones.
Make Vegetable Gardening an enjoyable experience.
Successful small vegetable gardening designs have as much to do with tools and accessories as the idea of how to grow them. Below is a list of the most essential gardening tools you will require. With the correct tools on hand gardening can be an enjoyable experience.
Spade have many uses in any garden, with them you can make holes for planting larger veggies, chopping out the waste matter and digging out root plants like potatoes or parsnips.
Dibbers are little tools with various users, they are made of wood and comes with or without handles. They are most useful for planting young plants as they make exact hole size to accommodate the plug plant.
Hoes are very useful tools in the vegetable garden, not only can you utilize them for weeding, but they can also be used for and making a hole to plant veggies like courgettes and potatoes. They are also used for constructing furrows to plant seeds.
4). Watering cans.
Watering can is a very crucial tool for watering all vegetables. It is better to buy a larger can to save you time. A larger can will cover more plants. However, for watering younger plants and tender seedlings, make sure the nozzle allows for a fine spray of water. This will make sure you don’t do any damage to the plant. Water each plant in well and then leave for a few days or up to a week. Depending on your weather conditions.
You don’t want to keep your plants to wet or to dry. You need to find a balance.
I like to add a half strength of seaweed, or fish, liquid fertilizer in the watering can for it’s initial soaking when planted. Then, every two weeks I would include more Liquid fertilizers at half strength. When your plants are settled in you can commence giving them full strength applications.
Either general or manure fork whichever is an essential gardening tool for both beginner and experienced gardener. So when buying one ensure you pick the perfect size for your height and weight you are happy with. They are ideal for spreading manure and compost and manures onto your plot.
6). Other Tools
There are many other tools and accessories that can be useful when developing or maintaining your vegetable garden, such as containers, Wheelbarrow, propagating trays, seedling mix, mesh and netting, cold frames, hand shovels and the list goes on. But I will be looking further into some of these items in future blogs.
One More Thing.
Now that you have all the tools you will need, as well as a theme for your garden and a practical design layout, how about the plants? Most seedlings can be purchased from your local garden centre, and will depend on your climatic conditions, and what time of year it is in your area.
Plants like radishes and beans are very easy to grow from seed, and should you have children, they will enjoy seeing your plants pop up suddenly through the soil.
So There You Have It. Some Basic Vegetable Garden Ideas.
Now there should be nothing to stop you starting on your first vegetable growing project. Remember that the size of the plot will depend on your available space. If you simply don’t have enough room in your yard, then think about placing them in containers. In a future blog I will be looking at using a hydroponic A frame setup that utilizes space very efficiently.
Happy Gardening. Jim
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