Successfully Starting A Vegetable Garden
As far as starting a vegetable garden goes, caring for that garden is important which is why wise gardening tips are indeed important. While the garden itself is important, your real goal is to grow great tasting produce that is healthy and does no harm to the environment. Try these tips when starting a vegetable garden to create a garden that stands out.
Working With Clay Soil
Clay soil makes working with a shovel difficult. The clay is hard and sticks to the shovel. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. The wax will make the clay simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Start Plants in Pots
Try planting your plants in flower pots first, then transferring them to your garden once they have had a bit of time to grow. This insures that the plants will grow and thrive into adulthood. It also lets you have tighter control over the planting periods in your garden. Once you’ve removed the previous group of plants, your seedlings can go into the ground.
Know What Type of Soil You Have
Use the correct type of soil for best results. Different types of plants require different soils, so check soil requirements for the ones you choose. You may also be able to design an artificial area that contains one type of dirt.
While this is not the most fun task, always take the time to get the weeds out of your garden. Left to themselves, weeds can take over a healthy garden faster than you think. While vinegar is a great home remedy for tackling stubborn weeds. Mix a solution of the vinegar with clear water in a spray bottle and just spray your weeds away!
Use Care with Pesticides
Its not good to use a broad-spectrum pesticide. This particular type of pesticide will also kill everything, including the useful insects that feed on the pests. The good-guy bugs are often more sensitive to pesticides than their bad-guy counterparts so killing the good-guys will allow the bad-guys to flourish. Get some advice from the local garden center as to which pesticide to use on your specific problem.
Choose a “Statement” Piece
To enhance the visual appeal of your new garden choose one plant be the most interesting eye-grabber. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point. Usually this is a big plant that is somewhat different from the other plants in the garden. Let your imagination go!
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Especially in the lower latitudes (Florida, Georgia, etc.) take measures to protect yourself from the sun when you are outdoors. Use a wide brimmed hat along with sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. Protecting yourself from harmful UV rays means you are less likely to get sunburned or suffer skin cancer later in life.
Laying Out The Garden Space
When starting a vegetable garden, or any other type, here is an easy way to create the space: Simply use a waxed spade or small shovel to get just under the grass or turf and flip it over. Then, using wood chips, cover the area to a depth of three or four inches. Let the area sit for a couple weeks only then begin planting your new garden.
An organic garden is a benefit to you and everyone else who consumes the food that grows there. Although chemical fertilizers and pesticides can offer impressive claims, choosing the organic route will always yield the best food in the end.
Hopefully these tips have shown that starting a vegetable garden isn’t really that difficult a task. Even though gardening takes patience and manual labor the end results of a producing and beautiful garden space is well worth the effort.