Lately, vegetable gardening has become as common as going to the supermarket. Your vegetable gardening can produce vegetables that are generally cheaper than buy from shop, and the taste is more better. Vegetable gardening is no different than growing herbs or flower and they will flourish and produce very tasty vegetables if you take the proper steps and care for the plant.
Choose a Right Place
First you have to decide what type of garden you want to plant and then pick a location for it; somewhere with excellent drainage, good air flow and good deep soil. It must also get as much sunlight as feasible. Because vegetable gardens have such tasty rewards, many animals, such as dogs, cats, mouse, and many others will try and get to your veggies. One way to avoid this is by surrounding your garden with a fence or putting out a trap to capture mice, moles, and other animals.
Prepare the Soil
You must prepare the soil before any planting. You can cultivate and apply organic materials to achieve a good vegetable gardening soil. The soil must be tilled to control weeds and mix mulch into the soil. If you have a small garden, spading is easier than plowing. Mulching is also important in soil preparing.
Feed the Plant
Plants need to thrive while organic material added to the soil that produces oxygen, minerals and other nutrients. The most common mulch type you can use is compost. The kinds and amount of fertilizer you used is depends on the soil and types of plants. There are some plants that have specific needs, such as leafy plants, like cabbage, spinach, and lettuce usually grow better with more nitrogen, while root crops like potatoes, beets, turnips, and carrots require more potash. Tomatoes and beans use less fertilizer, while vegetables like peppers, celery, and potatoes need more.
Plan for Your Garden
One thing that is vital to vegetable gardening is the arrangement of the garden. Due to different conditions, there is no single plan that works for every garden. You can arrange your vegetable garden which is to plant vegetables together that required only limited space. And those that require more room together, such as corn, pumpkins, and potatoes. You can try to plant large plants in the back of the garden and smaller ones in the front so that their sunlight is not blocked.
Choose Proper Time
When you’re lastly prepared to start growing your vegetable garden, make sure you plant the right time of year. After finishing planting, ensure that your plants obtain sufficient water depending on the plant type. Most plants require approximately one inch of water per week.
Weeds and Disease Control
You should control the weeds in your vegetable growing. Because they will take up water, light and nutrients from plants and often bring disease and insects to the garden. You can remove weeds through cultivation or mulching. You can also purchase seeds resistant to disease or use controlled chemicals to help you against disease and insects.
Vegetable gardening is the favorite type of gardening for many because you can taste the fruits of your labor. Vegetable gardening isn’t that costly to begin with, and the flavor of home-grown veggies certainly beat out supermarket vegetables. Your vegetable gardening days will be full of produce if you take proper precautions when planting and maintaining your garden.