The fresh smell of walking through a vegetable market is comparable to little else in the world. But we don’t all live within walking distance to fresh vegetable markets, so for those of us who want to create vegetable magic in our own backyards, follow these simple tips and tricks! But be warned that successfully growing a vegetable garden involves lots of commitment and tender love and care.
Ensure that you build your vegetable garden in an area that gets lots of sun. At least 6-8 hours a day of sunlight is ideal. Scope out the garden where you wish to plant your vegetables and make sure there is no shade cast from nearby buildings or trees.
You will want to invest in soil with high organic and nutrient contents. Regular topsoil isn’t ideal for growing a vegetable garden as the growing vegetables require more nutrients in order to prosper. Fertilizer is a nice additive to help give your vegetables a good healthy start in life. If you compost, add that to your vegetable garden as an extra treat.
It is vitally important that your garden gets frequent watering. Don’t simply rely on the rain, unless your area of town is having an unnaturally wet season! Be sure that your precious vegetables are provided with plenty of water so they can grow fast and strong.
Be sure that you pay close attention to the level of weeds growing in your vegetable garden. Try to do frequent weeding because your vegetables need all of the nutrients and water they can get and weeds tend to be excellent at stealing both from the intended recipient.
Where to Begin
Some vegetables do best when they are started inside. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers can be planted indoors and stored in a heavily sunlit area over the winter. Once the springtime hits they can easily be transferred to the vegetable garden with a head start on their growth. Root vegetables can be planted directly from seeds into your garden. Vegetables such as carrots, turnips, and potatoes are popular picks.
To help your garden thrive and grow you should ensure the vegetables have everything they need to succeed. For taller plants that tend to get top heavy, such as tomatoes, stakes or cages may be necessary to aid in healthy growth. It is also important that you pay attention to the removal of dead plants that may be impeding the growth of the healthy ones.
Get creative with your vegetable garden and plant lots of different varieties to give your garden the best chance at a big yield come harvest time. Start your garden the right way with gardening tools, gardening supplies, and seeds from Ritchie Feed & Seed!