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Planting your first organic vegetable garden, where to start and how to get started

By Edited Feb 17, 2016 0 1

There is no perfect way to plant your vegetable garden, it should be fun and productive, something you can get the whole family to join in and help with. If you have decided to grow your own organic vegetables these basic pointer should be taken into consideration and used as a guideline to get you started.

Site and climate:

Site and climate are important for a successful vegetable growing, plan the vegetable garden so that it gets maximum sun or at least six hours a day, there are no shade-loving vegetables. Although slight shading caused by trees or bushes in the afternoon can be beneficial on very hot days, but remember that trees that are too close to your vegetable garden could be taking up valuable nutrients, moisture and their root systems often extend beyond their trunks and outer branches. So it would be wise to come to a compromise with the positioning of your house and the plants to get the best sun filled site for your vegetable garden.

Because I do not know your regions particular climate, it is only possible to generalise when speaking about climate. Climate information should be sought from local gardeners, nurserymen and others who can give sound information until your personal climate records are more complete. Climate factors of concern to all gardeners' especially vegetable gardeners are: temperature, rainfall, sun, wind and frost. All can influence a growing season although the climate tolerance of a specific vegetable also plays a role. Many vegetables tolerate cold temperatures down to freezing point and below although they may not grow actively at low temperatures; many plants also go into a hibernated state at very low temperatures thus not growing at all.

It is important to note that climate is often important to the quality of produce; under high temperatures ripening is sped up and quality is reduced. Extended periods of warm, wet weather often produces vegetables with low sugar content, which are watery and sometimes soft and flabby, these conditions are also conducive to a build up of pests and diseases. The sugar content of some vegetables increases when the weather is clear and mild with cool night temperatures. You can influence the climate that you vegetables grow in even if it is snowing; remember that there are new technologies that can warm-up and cool-down your vegetables, some are expensive and some are simple and inexpensive - seek advise form your local nursery if you are unsure of what to do about your climate.

Some basic tips to remember when planning for a vegetable garden:

Water: no vegetable garden is solely dependent on rain alone so ideally, a tap or rainwater tank should be close by.

Wind: in very windy areas usually by the sea in most cases you will need to erect a windbreaker or plant plants that act as a windbreakers to stop any wind damage on tall-growing vegetables.

Hail: in areas that are prone to hail, the vegetable garden should be protected with hail-netting – placed high enough to be able to walk and work beneath – otherwise crops may be totally destroyed within minutes of a storm breaking.

Frost: to reduce the risk of frost damage, avoid areas close to solid fences and other air traps / pockets if there is an adequate air flow the risk of damage should be reduced, you can also enclose or cover your vegetables with plastic protective covers.

Sloping ground: remember that a garden that is sloping needs more preparation and attention than a flat garden, the biggest problem with sloping ground is soil erosion. Bed levels must always be maintained particularly during the rainfall season.

I hope these basic tips help you to find a suitable planting area and help you on your way to planting your first veggie garden, thank you for reading this article.



Mar 26, 2012 1:49pm
Great article and very informative. . I am planning to start my vegetable garden this year. I will take the information in consideration to make the right decisions.

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