If you have just started gardening and you need some tips and tricks, you are on the right page. You will need some advice on how to get started, and how to best maintain a beautiful garden. There are several things you must know if you plan to have a productive vegetable garden. Keep reading to find out.
There is no specific science in growing vegetables, it is an easy and simple process. Once you get the hand of it, you can only become better and better, and your garden will reward you. There are some general things you should respect such as: food, light, water, air, and warmth.
How much sunlight is required?
Sunlight is the most significant element in the process of vegetable growth. Make sure you choose a place that is exposed to sunlight. In general, veggies need about six hours of sunlight. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, etc, need full sunshine and you can grow them in containers as well. Some vegetables are fine with shade like lettuce, peas, kale, carrots etc.
How much water?
From mid June to mid August, around 1-2 inches of water is necessary for a good plant’s growth. If you give your plants a little water you might affect the growth of their roots and the plant won’t be able to grow properly. Too much water is also a bad decision since you will suffocate your plant in water without letting it to breathe. Get to know your plant, and everything connected to it and try to learn its needs. It is important to water your plants before 11 am, or after 4 pm and let them dry out before it’s dark outside, so they don’t get some diseases like fungus.
Prepare your soil.
You will have a successful garden if you have a good quality soil. Some plants ( compost or peat moss) are best in moist, well drained and organically rich soil. You should plan your garden in fall. First, clean the garden and work the soil the best you can. Use organic soil preferably, as well as aerated soil. Avoid using clay since clay is thick and the roots won’t work properly. You should not have stones and other stuff in your soil.
Plan your vegetable garden.
After you set everything up, next, you should make the plan and strategy of the plants. The tall crops like tomato, should be planted at the farthest point so you can see all plants easily and work on them. The rows that go from north to south should be planted and left 2-3 feet of space between the rows.
Harvesting is also very important. There are some vegetables that cannot be harvested at some stages. For instance, leaf lettuce, you can get it as young as you want and it won’t affect the plant’s growth. Zucchini and cucumber can be harvested when they have grown a couple of inches long.
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