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...]
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...]
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?
There are so many tips out there when it comes to growing your own vegetable garden. You may have heard all sorts of tips and tricks and wonder what is true and what really works. Really, vegetable gardening is quite simple and does not need to be complex. By following a handful of tried and true vegetable gardening tips, you too can yield a wide variety of vegetables during the growing season! Toss away all of those tips and tricks you have been trying to memorize and instead give these 7 super vegetable garden growing tips a try.
Follow these tips to reap a bounty of fresh vegetables this gardening season! They are easy to follow, inexpensive, and don’t require any fancy skills or equipment. Here is how to get started! [Read more...]
We are just about ready to transplant our little seedlings into our garden. I thought I would share how to prepare a garden if you happen to be a newbie. This is our second year planting a vegetable garden, I still have so much to learn but feel light years ahead of where we were last year this time.
Preparing your vegetable garden will take some time and energy, but will make planting day so much easier and the harvest more successful! If you are preparing to plant yours, you may have some questions. How do you know if you are doing it right? Luckily, below you will find tips on how to prepare a vegetable garden! [Read more...]
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These beds look super easy to assemble – no tools required and they put together in minutes. I’d love to get one for each of the boys to have their very own garden this year. Or maybe I’ll get just one to be just our “Salsa Garden” since we go through so much of that in the summertime. I’m very tempted to head over to the Home Depot….
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