These days, it’s getting harder to find really fresh vegetables so one of the best ways to do so is to grow your own. It’s really not hard to grow nutritious and delicious vegetables in your own yard with just a little patience and diligence and following the tips in this article.
So, if you want to know how to get some super fresh and lovely vegetables that not only taste better than the ones you buy in the supermarket, but are cheaper and better for you, then follow these 10 tips for growing vegetables. Soon you will have lovely, tender and fresh vegetables to eat every day for you and your family!
1. Plant the vegetables that grow best in your area
– One of the best ways that you can insure that you are able to grow the kinds of vegetables that will stand the best chance of growing and maturing properly, is to know which kinds are meant to grow in your region. It’s not hard to do this, just get in touch with the Cooperative Extension office nearest to your area. You can find them online or in the phone book.
2. Put together a planting calendar.
If you want your vegetable garden to have the best possible start and keep a sustained and proper growth cycle, then it’s best to write out a planting calendar. This type of calendar will contain all of the information on the times the particular vegetables you wish to plant should be planted, watered, and how to fertilize them and harvest them. Having this will make it possible for you to plan ahead.
3. Choose the best place to plant your vegetables
– No matter if you want to grow your vegetables in planters, containers, in your front yard or on a balcony or porch, you need to place the plants in the right place for optimum growth.They must be located in an area that gets plenty of sunshine every day. As long as you choose the right place to plant or place your vegetables, then you just have to water and fertilize them and watch them grow to maturation!
4. Prepare your soil properly
-- You also need to make sure that the soil you plant your vegetables in is properly prepared. This means that it should have the proper mix of nutrients and rich topsoil and fertilizer. Be sure to choose a top quality soil or add some organic material to your existing soil like sphagnum peat moss, fertilizer, leaf mold, or other compost materials. You can also buy pre-mixed soils and additives to make the soil healthier.
5. Be sure not to over plant
– When planting vegetables in a small space, be sure not to plant too much at once. This can cause none of the plants to do well. You should plant a mix of fast growing vegetables like lettuce leaves or onions with slow growing vegetables like broccoli or cauliflowers. These are some of the things you can write down on the planning calendar mentioned above.
6. Grow vegetables in a raised bed
– A raised vegetable bed is created by putting together a frame of wood and then mounding dirt inside of it. Be sure not to pack in the soil too tightly or the plants won’t be able to drain properly. Growing vegetables in a raised platform can allow them to be better protected because you can cover the frame if the weather gets cold or to protect it from pests. Plus, you can plant them closer together and it is easier to weed and maintain.
7. Plant seeds ahead of the growing season –
You should plant your seeds in trays and keep them indoors to get big enough to plant them outside far enough ahead of the normal growing timeframe. Be sure to check the seed packets to see when they recommend that this be done. If you prefer, you can buy plants instead of seeds and if so, these can be planted outside right away if it is the proper time for that type of vegetable.
8. Certain varieties of vegetables can’t be mixed –
Be sure to check which types of vegetables should or shouldn’t be grown next to each other. Believe it or not, certain combinations will not do well placed right beside each other and so you won’t get the results you want.
While not listing every possible combination, a couple of examples are that if you are growing tomatoes, you can’t grow them right next to potato plants. Tomatoes also can’t be grown next to broccoli. Or, if you are growing cucumbers, they also can’t grow next to potatoes. For other combinations, check with your Cooperative Extension.
9. Put your garden near your water source
– If you want to save energy and time, then you should plant your garden near your water source. For instance, if you have an outside faucet in your side yard, then try to plant the garden there if it is a good sunny area. Or, you can set up an irrigation system to make sure that your plants get the right amount of water.
10. Mulching helps plants stay healthy
– One of the best ways to keep your plants healthy and happy is to mulch them. This keeps away weeds, pests and helps keep the soil moist and free of rot. Some of the best things to use for mulch include straw, hay, compost, nut hulls, shredded up tree bark, etc.
All in all, these are just some of the best tips for growing nutritious and delicious vegetables in your very own front yard or porch or even your balcony. It’s fun and easy to grow lots of tasty vegetables and you can do it lots cheaper that you could buy them in the store. Plus, you will get the advantage of eating them fresh from the garden and that will provide you more of the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy.