Vegetable Garden Know-How
Vegetable gardens require a minimum of six hours of sunlight a day. They need plenty of water, but not standing water, and fertilizer for optimum growth. It is important to keep competition out of vegetable gardens. This includes tree roots, aggressors, such as, blackberry or aggressive grasses, and weeds. It may be beneficial to put fencing around the garden to keep pets and wildlife out. Always follow recommended spacing for each plat.
The most important thing to consider for your garden no matter how big or small is the quality of the soil. Successful vegetable gardening starts with loose, organic, well drained soil.
Decide how large of an area you want your garden to be, till up the area and amend the soil accordingly. Tilling and amending your garden area in subsequent years may be necessary to achieve the soil quality desired. Choose the crops you want to grow according to the size of your garden. Some vegetables take more room to grow and may not be suitable for a smaller garden.
When selecting plants or seed make sure to buy newer improved varieties that are more resistant to disease and virus. Practice proper cultural practices, such as, weeding, spraying, fertilizing, etc. To help improve the ultimate yield from your garden crops. If you do not have enough space for making a garden consider planting a few vegetables in containers.
Homegrown vegetables have better flavor because they are allowed to ripen on the vine. Commercially grown vegetables are harvested while they are still (green) and ripen during shipping.
Homegrown vegetables are fresher than commercially grown and retain their vitamins and minerals better. At home you control exactly what kind of chemicals are being applied and, if you choose you can have vegetables free of pesticides.
Growing your own vegetables can help you save on your grocery bill while simultaneously giving you a better selection of varieties to choose from.