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Tips for a successful home vegetable garden

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Tips for a successful home vegetable garden

Home gardening is a hobby for some and vegetable gardening is a lifestyle for others. With all the benefits of organic and homegrown products, it’s no surprise that growing your own vegetable garden has become so popular. On that note, here are some tips for a successful home-grown vegetable garden for those wanting to test how green of a green-thumb they have.

 

Things you’ll need

Before you start planting just about anywhere in the garden, you need to do a soil test and make sure your soil is optimised for the vegetables you want to be growing. Without nutritious soil, your garden won’t grow and you’ll be wasting time and materials. And if you want to sort your soil out, it’s as simple as starting an organic compost heap and laying those foundations down. Now, let’s look at the equipment you’re going to need:

  • Spade: To turn and transfer soil, dig out holes for plants and remove weeds, a spade is necessary for the vegetable gardener.  
  • Rake: Rakes are used to smooth the garden beds and create planting rows for your vegetable seeds to be planted in. A garden hoe will also be able to create planting rows for your crops.
  • Irrigation: For a garden to grow, it’s going to need water and the most effective way to water it is through an irrigation system. Watering cans, sprinklers or drip irrigations are some examples of irrigation systems you can make use of in your garden. It’s all about what will be more convenient for you.
  • Weeding tool: Weeds are bad news for your vegetable garden’s ability to grow and prosper, so it’s important to have a weeding tool to get rid of these unwanted visitors.
  • Welded mesh: When it comes to protecting your garden from the pets at home, wildlife in the area or even just the kids, welded mesh is a popular option to surround your gardening area. Another use of welded mesh in your garden is to use it as a vertical planting system for tomatoes and other trellising plants, instead of the traditional wooden poles that aren’t as sturdy, which gives you more space to work with for growing green goods.

 

Easiest vegetables to start with

For beginner vegetable gardeners, it may be overwhelming when it comes to choosing which vegetables to grow. Below you’ll find a list of the easiest vegetables to get started with (which happen to be some of the best vegetables for any salad).

  • Potatoes
  • Spring onions
  • Peas
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Beetroot
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach

A few of the more difficult vegetables include cauliflower, celery, sweet corn, onions, sweet potato and artichokes. It’s all about having a complete knowledge of the vegetable you’re trying to grow with regards to its sunlight, water, pruning and harvesting needs.

 

Top tips

Here’s a “four S” bag of tips for home vegetable gardening that you should be keeping in mind whenever you put those garden gloves on and are ready to get to work.

  • Soil: The quality of your soil is probably the most important element of your garden and it’s important that you constantly work on improving the quality and keeping it healthy for your crops. Some gardeners make use of container planter boxes when the ground soil isn’t good enough and this way they have complete control over the soil that is used to grow their vegetables. Compost is key.
  • Seeds: You have your soil, now, you need your seeds. Quality seeds and “parent” plants are what you need if you’re serious about yielding high-quality and quantity crops.
  • Space: The traditional planting rows method can work for most crops, but the secret to a successful home garden is to space smartly around your garden area. With enough distance between vegetables, there won’t be nutrient or sunlight competition and there’ll actually be room for them to grow.
  • Skywards: If you’re wondering how to spread your crops out to give them the space they need in your tiny little gardening area, the answer is to plant skywards. Planting your crops along poles and welded mesh to grow them upwards will save space for the other plants below. It also makes harvesting time an easier time because the vegetables are right in sight for the picking.
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