There are a lot of good reasons to start your own vegetable garden. It's fun, it’s rewarding and you don’t need much to get your garden up and running. If you want your garden to be successful, though, you’ll need to put in some time and effort to keep your plants healthy and vibrant. Since starting your own vegetable garden may be intimidating at first, here are some tips to get you started.
Forget About Rows
Conventional vegetable gardens feature row planting, which can work well for larger gardens. However, most beginner vegetable gardens are smaller and would benefit from raised beds. By gardening in raised beds, you can maximize your space by cutting down on the number of paths you need to make between rows. Additionally, having your plants closer together cools the soil, which means you won’t have to water, weed or mulch as much. Check out Homestead Gardens' Modern Homesteading department for ready to install raised bed systems.
This tip is especially useful if you don’t have very much room to create your vegetable garden. Consider adding vertical supports to your crops to increase the number of plants you can grow. Vegetables that climb (such as peas and beans) as well as those that vine (including tomatoes and cucumbers) are great for trellising.
Transplant in Batches
Nobody ever said that all your seeds had to be planted at the same time. If you extend the time it takes to plant your entire garden, the timeline of your harvest will follow. That means you could have vegetables growing throughout the season instead of stopping mid-summer. In this continuous harvest model, think about planting cold-hardy greens first, sun-loving plants in the heat of the summer and frost-hardy crops in the fall.
By following these three vegetable-growing tips, your garden is sure to produce deliciously fresh vegetables you can enjoy all summer long. If you have questions about how to care for specific vegetable crops, stop in to Homestead Gardens and speak with an expert gardener today!