With the need to be more mindful of what you eat, you can take matters into your own hands by starting a vegetable garden. The grocery bills for fresh organic produce can be prohibitive and that alone can make you relapse into eating processed foods which come with a health risk but are cost-friendly.
By starting a vegetable garden you take control over what goes into your body and also save money while at it. Besides the nutritional and financial benefits, gardening is also a great fun family activity that you get the kids involved in too.
Here’s how to start a vegetable garden.
The size of your garden should be proportional to the size of your family. Planting a lot of plants in a big space will leave you with surplus produce that will go to waste if you don’t have a ready demand for it.
Starting with a big garden also has the potential of overwhelming you. You are likely to have a hard time maintaining a big garden which can lead you to abandon the whole venture altogether and all the work, time and money you have put into it will count for nothing.
Instead, start small and grow gradually as the demand dictates and your schedule allows.
Choosing the site for your garden
The ideal site should be close to a water supply since vegetables need a lot of water, especially during the dry season in order to give a bumper harvest.
Your vegetable garden also needs to be in the path of direct sunlight. A garden under a shade will hardly have any meaningful produce since vegetables need at minimum of direct sunlight exposure in order to be fruitful and also have the immunity to fight off pests and diseases.
More importantly, the site should have well-drained fertile soil.
The timing of your planting season matters a lot. There are certain types of vegetables that need specific weather conditions in order to grow and prevent wilting when they are young. Put this into consideration when choosing the vegetable to plant.
The choice of vegetables depends on your family needs. If you choose to plant two or more types of vegetables, make sure they are complementary to each other and do not fight for the same nutrients. You can learn more about crop rotation and other planting tips from Mygardeningnetwork.Com.
The spacing between your plants is important since it helps minimize the spread of pests and diseases.
Maintaining your vegetable garden
Most leafy vegetables like kales and spinach need two inches of water weekly. This demand can often be met by steady rainfall but you will need to water your garden during the dry season.
Water your plants deeply instead of sprinkling the water onto their leaves. This method of watering isn’t effective and is even harmful to the plants since it can cause the rotting of leaves and also promotes the spread of diseases.
Mulching helps hold the water longer in addition to helping minimize the emergence of weeds.