Vegetable gardens usually need about 1 inch of water (630 gallons per 1,000 square feet) per week in the form of rain or irrigation during the growing season. If you are planning on planting a vegetable garden, you will want to make sure your plants get the water they need. Will drip irrigation work? Do you need something simple or do you want more complex? You have a variety of choices when it comes to irrigation in your garden. So how do you know where to begin? Below, you will find some helpful tips that can help you decide how to best irrigate your garden. Vegetable garden irrigation needs not to be confusing or time consuming, so take a peek! [Read more...]
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If you think that living in an apartment should put a damper on your gardening plans, think again! If you are an apartment dweller, you can put a vegetable garden on a balcony or containers in your windows. This way, you can harvest fresh vegetables even in your own small space. The way to a thriving apartment garden is to understand your tiny environment, and pick plants that need less space. So if you are an apartment dweller wanting your own garden, keep reading to learn how! Vegetable gardens for apartment dwellers are quite obtainable! [Read more...]
When planning your first vegetable garden, or even your second or third, you might want to know the tips and tricks to help your garden perform its very best. Gardeners in all stages can benefit from tidbits of advice to help their garden grow. Below, you will find an assortment of helpful vegetable garden tips to help you make the most of the growing season. Whether you’re planting in pots or a large plot, here are a few tips to get your thumb a little greener!
Top Ten Vegetable Garden Tips
1. Check the drainage.
You don’t want your plants to drown so use this simple trick. Drench the soil with water and wait 24 hours. Then take a handful and give it a squeeze. If it is still saturated with water, you need to improve your soil drainage by adding compost.
2. Pull up the weeds.
Weeds are bad! Pull daily for best results.
3. Check your soil.
Dry soil will kill your plants in a matter of days. Add some organic matter to help improve soil conditions.
4. Check acidity.
Acid needs to monitored. A simple test kit from your garden store can be your best friend.
5. Till your soil.
Till till till away! Turning the soil over often before starting will create a good growing environment.
6. Feed your soil.
Feed the soil and you feed your plants. Plants love nitrogen, so sprinkle a pint of soybean meal on soil for a boost.
7. Buy fresh seeds.
Many seeds do not store well, so you will want to start fresh every year.
8. Buy a watering can of at least 5 liters.
Water is important so buy a good watering can. .
9. Buy soil testing kit.
Testing kits are great for identifying the pH of your soil.
10. Pick excellent plants!
Some prime choices include:
- lettuces and other salad-worthy greens.
- Brussels sprouts
So what are you waiting for? Get planting that vegetable garden using these excellent tips! The garden of your dreams is at your fingertips!
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!