My Vegetable Garden
Consume Healthier by Growing a Vegetable Garden.
As you mom informed you when you were young. “Consume your veggies so you will grow up big and strong.” Consuming healthier methods eating more vegetables and fruits and growing your own vegetables makes it even much better. Growing a veggie garden is not as tough a thing as many individuals make it out to be. Some people attempt to over make complex things. Here are some ideas for growing your own veggie garden.
My partner and I have actually grown a garden every year for the last 25 years. There are three fundamental things that are required to grow a successful vegetable garden. As soon as you have actually mastered these basic needs for your area, you just let nature do the rest.
I think among the greatest mistakes individuals make when attempting to grow a vegetable garden is making the garden larger than they can properly take care of. Start little and as your garden ends up being successful you can enlarge it the following year. Now let’s take a look at the essentials.
Vegetable plants require a lot of sunlight. Plant your garden in a location where it will get at least 6 hours of direct sunshine every day. Leafy veggies such as lettuce and mustard or spinach greens, can get by with less sun, so plant your garden appropriately. If part of your garden is going to get less light than others, plant the leafy vegetables because area and plant the veggies that put on “fruit” where they will get the most sunlight.
Plants need nutrients to grow well. They get these nutrients from the soil. Depending upon where you live as to what nutrients your soil has and what you might have to supplement. The first thing you must do when preparing a garden is to examine your soil. This is extremely essential. You can not grow a great garden without excellent soil. It’s as basic as that! There are various extension centers that will do this totally free or possibly a small charge. We take a soil sample to the Oklahoma State University extension center and they send it off to be evaluated. The soil sample is absolutely nothing more than a little scoop of dirt from various locations in your garden area, placed in a bag. They will mail you a report as to what nutrients your soil needs. This year we need to add some nitrogen and potassium. You can purchase what is required from your local nursery or agricultural center. Include these nutrients to your garden location by just spraying them over the garden and tilling them in.
Loosen Your Soil.
Now that you have the appropriate nutrients in your soil, you need to loosen the soil so the plant’s roots will be able to grow and take hold. If you have a considerable quantity of clay in your soil as most of us here in Oklahoma do, you need to include some kind of raw material to your soil to keep it loose, such as garden compost or mulch. You can purchase mulch at your garden store or you can use hay, mulched leaves, and even some kitchen remnants such as coffee or tea premises. Different types of manure, such as cow, horse, and even chicken or rabbit manure works well. We have a mulching mower and each year we run the mower over all the leaves in the yard and utilize these in addition to some hay. Till all of this into your soil and make sure you have tilled it until there are no large clumps in the soil.
Planting your seeds can be as easy or as hard as you wish to make it. I like the simple method! Mark off the location you wish to plant utilizing stakes and string. This will create straight rows. Create a burrow in your garden by just dragging a spade or shovel through the soil along your string line. The burrow just needs to be about 2 to 3 inches deep. Walk along the burrow dropping the seeds as you go. Depending on what you are planting regarding how far apart you want to plant your seeds. You do not always have to put 1 seed every a lot of inches apart. You can constantly thin out your plants if they get too crowded. If you are planting veggies that grow in clumps or hills, such as squash or potatoes you will want to give them adequate space to spread out. Now go back and cover the burrows with soil and give them some water, however be careful not to wash the seeds away.
A Healthy Garden.
Inadequate water is most likely the greatest failure of a lot of gardens. This is the main reason I pointed out not getting your garden larger than you can correctly take care of. Your plants are hectic growing roots. If your soil is hard and dry, the roots are not going to have the ability to grow. Keep your soil wet enough that your plants can get the wetness they require. Be sure your garden is level so that there no locations that will pool water around your plants. If they roots remain wet or soggy too long they can rot. If you find locations that are rinsing and producing pools, merely drag some soil approximately fill out. If you utilize some kind of lawn sprinkler, be sure that the water is getting out to the edges of your garden. I choose to utilize my sprinkler for a number of hours and then walk around the edges, watering by hand.
Usage Dead Leaves as Mulch.
One of the very best things we have actually done to enhance our garden is to add mulch. Depending on the size of your garden regarding how much mulch you will need. Purchasing enough mulch to cover your whole garden can get costly. We acquired a lawn and leaf vacuum at some point back and use that to make our own mulch. I have actually discovered that using dead leaves makes the best mulch. Mulched leaves don’t appear to remove as easy as other mulches. The yard and leaf vac attaches to our lawn mower and when we mow for the very first time of the year, we conserve all the leaf mulch to use in the garden. Attempt to keep the mulch at about 1 inch deep and mulch the whole garden, not just around the plants. This will likewise keep the weeds from growing in your garden. This has saved me more time, work and water than I can perhaps inform you!
Once your plants have actually begun to grow, you may wish to thin them out a bit. If the plants are growing too close together, they will be competing for water, nutrients, and sun. Keep your plants weakened as they grow. I like to keep mine, what I call “shoulder to shoulder.” Do not let one encroach on the next one’s space. As the plants grow they will still begin to crowd each other. If you seem like there are some too close together, pull among the plants out. In the start, this was so hard for me to do, however I discovered that the plants do far better and are more disease tolerant when they are not crowded together.
It does not hurt to add a little fertilizer from time to time. The very best time is when the plants are beginning to put on their “fruit.” This is when they are using the majority of their energy. If you have some remaining fertilizer that was advised for your soil, that would be the very best to utilize. Nevertheless, if you have actually used everything when you started your garden, the same fertilizer that you utilize on your yard will work fairly well, such as a 10-20-10 fertilizer. Nevertheless you apply your fertilizer, using a fertilizer spreader or by hand, make sure that you don’t leave any fertilizer on the leaves of the plant as it will burn them. Over-fertilizing can burn the roots, so spread your fertilizer moderately and water thoroughly. I will fertilize again after their production has actually slowed down or the leaves of the plants begin to turn a little pale in color.
Grow Your Own Treasures.
A successful vegetable garden is generally easy to grow, however you are going to have some experimentation periods. Do not be dissatisfied if you do not have the best looking garden around right now. It’s always a learning process but the fresh vegetables you will delight in will constantly be worth it. I can’t wait to head out to my garden each morning! Selecting in my garden resembles treasure hunting to me. I can’t wait to see what new little treasure I will discover each day!