Weed, weeds go away! One thing that can literally kill your beautifully laid vegetable garden plans is weeds. Slowly but surely they can suffocate all of your hard work, leaving you with lifeless plants. Weeds are unsightly, persistent, and down right annoying. But this planting season, don’t let them get the best of you or your plants. Instead, follow these simple tips to get some weed control in your vegetable garden and keep your vegetable garden weed free. [Read more...]
Many people do not associate vegetable gardens with Texas. After all, the climate is very dry and arid. However, many vegetables do in fact thrive in Texas, especially in the fall season! If you are a tried and true Texan and want to get in on the vegetable gardening craze, you should! Below, you will find some basic tips for prosperous Texas vegetable garden during the fall growing season. Fall vegetable gardens in Texas can not only be fun, but quite prosperous as well! [Read more...]
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Raised beds and containers are ideal for those gardening in small spaces. But knowing what to plant in them is a whole new story! Vegetables can be grown in raised beds and containers and below, and so you will find some helpful tips on which vegetables you should grow in raised beds and containers.
Here are some tips to get you started and help you plan your raised beds or container gardens a little bit easier. You might be surprised at how easy it is to pick plants that will thrive. [Read more...]
Mulch does many wonderful things. It can be used to hold moisture into your soil. It is used to keep weeds from having the chance to flourish. It also can add some visual appeal to your garden as well. Mulch has many benefits, and so it is important that it is part of your vegetable garden plan. But what if bag after bag of mulch is not in your budget? No worries. There are plenty of ways to score free mulch. Below, you will find out exactly where to find free gardening mulch, saving you big bucks!
Where to Find Free Vegetable Gardening Mulch:
1. Find a friendly farmer.
Hay and alfalfa makes a wonderful mulch. Befriend a farmer and see if any of them have either of these materials they can send you way. Both will enrich your soil and smother your weeds, and if you can find a farmer who will give you some for free, even better.
2. Rake those leaves.
Crushed up leaves make the perfect mulch. Simply rake your leaves (or save your fall leaves) and collect in a trash bag. You can add a little water, and let the kids stomp on the bag to crush up the leaves. Then, just spread the mixture out over your garden soil.
3. Call your local city offices.
Many cities offer free mulch through their waste removal department. This mulch is often created from trees that the city has to remove during the year. Call your local city offices and see if a program like this is available in your area. In our area, all we need to do is go to our city’s recycling center and we can haul all we wish for free.
4. Buddy up with a neighbor.
You may notice that a neighbor had a truckload of mulch delivered. Offer to buy whatever they end up not using. Sure it won’t be free (unless they offer to just give it to you!) but you can surely get it for less than retail!
Whichever method you choose, all of these are sure to give you great ground coverage, weed protection, and so much more. The best part is, it won’t cost you a dime! So, which one will you choose?
Have you ever heard of block style gardening? Block style is a method of laying out your plants that increase your growth compared to a row style garden design! Who knew? It is the perfect way to plan your garden and get the most bang for your buck! How does this happen? Allow me to explain! The special design reduces the need for frequent weeding. Perfect! If you are looking for a vegetable garden layout option, block style gardening may work well for you.
If you are interested in this method, take a peek at how block style gardening is done!
The Basics on Block Style Gardening: When you utilize block planting you don’t have any walkways that are unnecessary.
- Try to avoid single rows plantings.
- When you plant your crops be sure to do so with an equal-distance spacing between neighboring plants.
- Beds should be at least three feet wide. It will then be easy to reach the growing bed from walkways for planting and weeding as well as harvesting.
- Walkways need to be at least 24 inches in width
- Mulch walkways with old grass clippings or an organic mix.
Some ideal plants for Block planting:
- Cole crops such as broccoli or even cabbage.
- Vine Crops such as squash and pumpkins.
- Trellis tomatoes and cucumbers
So give block planting a try and see how it can benefit you! If you are looking for a vegetable garden layout option, block style gardening may work well for you and yield beautiful and abundant results!
If you have a few minutes to spare this weekend, you have enough time to try any of these five tips that will help you improve and maintain your vegetable garden! You don’t need an entire weekend to get your vegetable garden looking better, you just need a few minutes to try these simple yet effective tasks. Below, you will find five vegetable garden tips that you will want to try this weekend should five spare minutes present themselves!
Take a look and see what a difference five minutes and these tips can make to your garden! [Read more...]
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To do any job right, you need the right tools! Green gardeners know that the right tools can help them tend to their gardens with greater ease and give them fantastic results. If you are unsure about what tools you need for your own vegetable garden, take a look below at these 5 must have vegetable garden tools. How many of these are part of your arsenal? How many do you need to get? Either way, making sure you own these five pieces can help you in all of your vegetable gardening endeavors! Take a look. [Read more...]
Have you ever wanted your very own small vegetable garden? Perhaps you don’t have a green thumb just yet, or maybe you just don’t have the room or time for anything on a large scale. Planting a small vegetable garden, and it does not take a green thumb or special amount of skill!
If a small vegetable garden is in your plans, these small vegetable gardening tricks will help begin. Stay focused, and plan well. If you do this, you can’t go wrong. Here is how to get started! [Read more...]