Tips for Maintaining a Vegetable Garden

Growing vegetable in your one’s own garden or yard is dream of so many people who love to eat vegetables and who actually know what is the difference in taste of vegetables taken directly and fresh from your own garden and those bought from the vegetable counters of grocery stores. There is a huge difference both in taste and nutrition that one can get from fresh vegetables. Growing salad vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, salad leafs, iceberg cabbage all will make your enjoy the most delicious salad made of your freshly obtained vegetables directly from your garden.

When it comes to gardening whether vegetables or other flowers and fruit plants there is need of proper preparation in order to get good results of harvest. Preparation and planning for your plants will make you decide plantation of your plants considering all factors necessary for them so they would be able to produce more. There is a lot of commitment and time required if you want to grow a good crop so never start with large beds and huge number of plants being planted at your place. First analyze that how much time and water do these plants need and then gradually increase your number of plants after knowing that how much time you can give to them especially during summers.

  1. As soon as the winters are gone and hot season starts you will need to till your soil. You will need to check your soil if it can be worked on? Just take a handful of soil in your hand and than squeeze it to form a shape of ball and than check if it breaks when you poke it with your finger. If it doesn’t poke that means you still need to give some time to your soil for drying up. Once your soil is in required condition till the soil and use garden rake to smoothen the area removing all rocks and debris and now again allow soil to dry for a week.
  2. Now you need to test your soil for determining the level of minerals and nutrients it holds. You may consult some extension agents too for this test and than through their advice you can add rotten manure and compost to your soil for improving its condition.
  3. Now you need to make rows in your garden according to the crops you want to grow. Usually the rows are space about 2 and a half feet apart for sowing through garden tillers but this distance can be reduced if gardener plans to sow seeds by hands.
  4. Now it is time for you to plant your seed or seedlings whichever you want to use. The depth and spacing between them should remain according to the instructions given with them. For knowing correct planting time check hardiness of plants and there is difference of weeks in plantation of different plants. Cool-season crops can be planted before the last frost while delicate plants are planted only after the risk of frost has gone.

    At the regular intervals of 10 to 14 days you can add the fertilizers to your soil when rigorous growth is experienced.
  5. Watering once a week is enough when the weather conditions are normal while if it is dry weather you would need to water more often. Plants need one inch of rain every week so if it doesn’t happen you will have to soak the soil yourself.

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