This article has some tips for vegetable gardening. This type of gardening has become more popular once more among people with enough room in their gardens for several reasons. First the satisfaction and enjoyment out of growing something, then the fact that you are putting food on the table or may even be making a small income from it, and by growing your own vegetables you are saving money and eating a more balanced and healthy diet. Plus you know that it is organic and you control what goes into your soil. Gardening is a way to relax for many people, you can forget about the worries of money or the outside world and focus on growing things. These tips for vegetable gardening are especially for those just starting out or fairly new to vegetable gardening, though the more experienced of you may learn a thing or two also!
Tips for Vegetable Gardening – Crop rotation
Crop rotation is important whether you are a farmer or a vegetable gardener. It helps prevent disease spreading across different plants and it is good for the soil. Make sure when you are designing your vegetable garden that you keep the idea of crop rotation in mind and plan the vegetables you want to grow. Before you start planting each time you should till the soil, do any weeding, add some natural manure, and then till it once more. For a few weeks wet the area before tilling a third time then planting saplings. This will help reduce the amount of weeding overall that has to be done.
Tips for Vegetable Gardening – Interval planting
When growing a vegetable garden you need to be ware of the seasons and understand that your favorite vegetable is unlikely to be available all year long. You can however make the period of when you harvest it longer by doing interval planting. Plant the same type of vegetables at interval of a fortnight or if you have room plant several varieties of the same vegetable but with different harvest dates.
Tips for Vegetable Gardening – Saplings
Try to avoid waste. There is no point in growing more than you need if you cannot sell it or give away produce leaving it to just waste. Some vegetables do not store for long, such as raddish and carrots. Therefore when you select saplings there is no point in growing them all, some of them may be weaker and you want only the ones that are free from disease and are strong. If you buy from a nursery check them first.
When transplanting saplings use a starter fertilizer that is water soluble ( you can get it from a nursery). On alternate days wet the saplings with a cup of solution that is two tablespoons of fertilizer to one gallon water. Regularly water them at their base too. Try to avoid planting too many plants at once and keep the garden irrigated and free of weeds.