Tips and Instructions on How to Grow the Healthiest Vegetable garden
Perhaps one of the hobbies that give the most satisfaction is learning how to grow a vegetable garden. Not only does it make a productive use of your time but it also gives you a dose of organic and healthy living. Furthermore, growing a vegetable garden saves you miles of travel from going to the market and ultimately saves you a serious amount of cash from buying those expensive organic vegetables.
Now, if you’re planning to grow a vegetable garden whether to just make use of your free time or to turn this hobby into a moneymaking project, there are a couple of instructions that need be followed and tips to bear in mind before you start digging and cultivating away.
The first thing that needs to be looked upon before growing your vegetable garden is the soil. If you are planning to grow an outdoor garden, then you must check first the pH value of your soil. PH value is the measure of how much alkaline or acid your soil has. You can buy inexpensive soil testing kits in garden centers or you can scour the net for secondhand kits. Most plants grow in the pH range of 5 to 7.5 but the best pH value for growing vegetables is 6.5 to 7.
Now, if your soil is too acidic, applying garden lime while preparing the soil could cure it. But it’s always a reminder that applying lime should never done at the same time as applying fertilizers. However, soils with strong alkaline levels are far harder to remedy.
Next to put in account is the climate in your region. Tomatoes and eggplants do well in warm climates while broccoli and cabbages grow perfect in cold places. It’s just a matter of doing a little research.
Choosing the Right Seeds
Easy starter crops such as lettuces, potatoes, beetroot, Swiss chard, onions, leeks, and shallots are perfect for beginners who have little or no amount of experience in growing vegetable gardens. They grow with no extensive labor and are perfect if you want your children and the rest of your family to come join in the fun of growing a vegetable garden to spend quality time. Also, these seeds are very easy to maintain.
Cabbages are far harder to grown and maintain. Broccoli are easy crops provided that you have to lookout for birds and pests that regularly visit and destroy your plants. These seeds prove to be challenging which makes them perfect for planters that want to improve their skills in gardening.
Though all of the things that are necessary to grow a vegetable garden are mentioned above already, you can improve your garden by buying and building kits and accessories that ultimately reduce plant maintenance and thus saving you a lot of time. These kits include windowsills, propagators, and greenhouses to protect your garden from unwanted animals and birds. And it somehow adds a plus to the beauty of the scenery of a vegetable garden.
Keeping all these things in mind, you are now ready to bask yourself in the process of growing a vegetable garden. And you’ll probably find it pleasantly easy and satisfying.