While designing and starting a garden is a relatively simplistic undertaking, you can expect your garden plants to thrive and give a bountiful yield with the right vegetable gardening tips.
The soil and your plants
Compost and organic matter promote the growth of important microorganisms in the soil which help in feeding the vegetables. It is important to allow the compost to mix up well and integrate with the soil. The best way to do so is applying the compost at least two weeks prior to planting, which will allow enough time for soil enrichment with essential nutrients and desirable water-retention characteristics. After planting, applying organic mulch holds numerous benefits for your vegetables, among them suppressing or stunting the growth of weeds as well as helping in retaining soil moisture content. Use of excessive fertilizer may promote healthy plant growth but compromise on the quantity and quality of the harvest. If unchecked, excess fertilizer can lead to plant poisoning due to the buildup in toxicity.
Planting onions and/or garlic among insect-repelling plants around your garden helps to keep away most insects. Harvesting early and ripening the vegetables inside also keeps pests away since they are attracted by over-ripen produce in the garden. While use of pesticides should be avoided at all lengths, where the situation calls for it, always ensure to use the pesticide responsibly. Among the most crucial vegetable gardening tips relates to timing application of pesticides. It should be done late in the evening where there is little risk of poisoning important pollinating agents.
Utilization of limited space
Tight spacing between plants makes them more susceptible to disease and can cause a decline in the overall yield. Grow your vegetables vertically, with the support of stakes and fencing to make the best use of the available space. Also select and plant compatible plant combination for your garden to save space.
These resourceful vegetable garden tips will help you grow lush and healthy plants and ensure that you can look forward to a good harvest from your garden.