Vegetable Gardening – Useful Tips For Your Garden
Your vegetable garden does not have to only be a spot to grow food for your family to eat. You do not have to relegate it so far out of the reach of the main landscape that it is no longer useful. You can elevate it into the center of the landscape to be the focal point of your yard. In this article, I will share five different vegetable garden designs that you can use to elevate your vegetable garden from ordinary to spectacular.
The first vegetable garden idea is to utilize your existing lawn or garden area for your vegetable garden. This idea is not as difficult as you might think. By adding a small slope to your yard you can create an area that will allow you to plant large vegetables, such as peppers and squash in pots or containers that are placed in your grass. These types of gardens are ideal because they give the plants the opportunity to spread their roots out. Once you have a nice and deep bed, you will find that you are able to water and fertilize your plants without having to worry about them being removed from the soil.
Another way to use your current space and yard for the purpose of growing a vegetable garden is by digging a hole, preferably two feet deep, about one foot away from the front of your home. Digging around your home is actually easier than digging a hole in the ground. When you are digging a hole in the ground, you want to make sure that your foundation and the soil around your home are in balance.
Once you have excavated around your home, dig out the area where you want to plant your vegetable garden. It should be approximately four feet long by four feet wide, but you should not allow the ground to settle on top of the soil you are digging. If the soil is sinking into the soil, it may cause roots to rot, which means your vegetable garden will not grow well.
Once you have dug your hole, fill it with soil, but do not over-fill it. By filling the hole with enough soil you will allow your roots to have room to spread out, but still keep them covered in their protective roots.
Now you can plant your vegetables. You will need to plant seeds in the holes, but you should plan to rotate your seeds throughout your vegetable beds. For example, if you have three rows of tomato plants, you should plant them in the holes closest to your house on one row, while the second row of tomatoes is planted in another row. You can also plant seeds on different sides of the row, in this manner.
There are some very helpful products available to help you in this area, including seed savers, soil mixes, etc. Seed savers can save you time and trouble by sifting your soil. They can also help your soil in these conditions, as you do not have to dig the soil as deep. Once you have sifted your soil, add some compost to your holes, making sure that you leave at least half an inch between your saver and the soil.
Adding mulch and fertilizer to your soil will give you even more protection from pests and keep the soil from rotting. It will also prevent weeds from taking over the area in which you plan to plant your vegetable garden, which can result in a big mess.
One of the best vegetable garden ideas that you can implement is to dig a hole that is at least six inches deep, then fill it with gravel and dirt. This will create a thick barrier that will discourage weed growth, as well as creating a bed for the roots of your vegetables. In order to provide your soil with nutrients, you can add a layer of peat or other organic matter over the bed of soil.
Good drainage in your soil will also help you grow better vegetables. Be sure to remove any soggy soil from your holes and put it in the trash immediately after planting. If you live in an area where winter weather conditions are harsh, you will also need to check on your soil and drainage periodically to make sure that it is still moist enough to support your vegetable garden.
Winter months will also play an important role in the success of your garden. Be sure to water and fertilize in the fall, and also water the soil in the early morning hours of the day when the sun is shining through the windows of your home. When the ground is cool, you will not need to water as often, and water the soil only when the temperature begins to rise above freezing. Do not leave your plants under the snow either.