Posted on Jan 25, 2008 | Comments 0
Growing a vegetable garden at your home is the easy task if you take appropriate care of the vegetable plants during each stage of their development.
You have to create the garden for vegetables in the sunny spot and you should have a clear idea on how large the area is available for you to build the garden.
Depending up on the area, you have to decide which plants are suitable in that place. A good planned layout of your vegetable garden with proper planting techniques will produce more from less space by using less water.
Soil is the most important aspect which should be taken into consideration when you are interested to have vegetable garden.
Soil test should be conducted before starting the garden of vegetables in order to find out the nutrient levels in it. The soil test determines the percentage of nutrients present in it. If the soil contains less nutrient levels, replace that soil by adding a layer of good productive soil on it.
You have to add fertilizers to the soil. This is the most important part because proper fertilized vegetable plants will be healthier and they can be able to resist diseases and pests attacks.
Here are some of the vegetable garden growing tips:
- Try to locate your vegetable garden nearer to your kitchen where the sunlight is available. The sunlight should be available for the plants for at least 6 hours a day.
- If you like to start gardening with the seeds, then you should soak the seeds overnight in the water before keeping them in the soil to germinate. Before starting to grow them, you need to know the requirements of each plant. Some seeds such as cabbage, broccoli and arugula will germinate in the soil even if they are not pre-soaked.
- You have to mix the soil with organic manure before sowing the seeds. The organic manure will soak the water and retains moisture in the better way. Other than sowing seeds, you can also plant seedlings which are available at the garden center and registered nursery. Before selecting the seedlings at the nursery, you should look for those that are grown up to some extent with strong roots and healthy leaves. Some vegetables like pumpkin, cucumber and ornamental gourds will work better if they are planted from the stage of seedlings.
- Plants like cucumber, beans, melons, gourds and squash are creepers. You can make them climb over an arbor or trellis. Some crops like peppers, tomatoes and eggplants need to be side-dressed with nutrients in order to facilitate the continuous production.
- The most common problem in the vegetable garden is the growth of the weeds. This problem can be solved by placing the newspapers covered with straws between the rows of the garden.
- Know your time limits before having a vegetable garden. If you have plenty of time then you can have big garden, other wise it’s better to have the small garden. It’s important to add the fertilizers and pests to the plants when they are affected with some disease.
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