In the world where quality grubs are becoming scarcer by the day, many people are turning to their own gardens for affordable and healthy food alternatives. The benefits of growing your own food are manifold, from budget-friendlier food source and better health, to improved property management purpose-wise and constant upgrades of your gardening skills – so if you want to make the most of your garden and use the gifts of Nature to your advantage, we have several useful tips on home-based veggie production right here.
Plans, locations, types: Veggie growing strategy
To maximize your veggie yield, choose a sunny plot in your garden to sow the seeds – or use plant containers if you have no spare arable land on your property. After you’ve selected your veggie garden location, buy/order the seeds for the plants you want to grow. Before you get down to sowing, check the best seasons for planting and harvesting your veggie crops and enter the sow time and expected harvest dates in a planner or a calendar. When shopping for your veggie seeds, opt for several different vegetable varieties instead of just one – though the effort required for growing more than one veggie type is greater, the project will prove more rewarding and diversified in terms of learning and more fruitful in terms of crop variety as well.
Soil and water: The essentials of successful garden
One more thing you’ll need to do before you plant your garden is to inspect and establish the type of soil you will be planting on. In case the soil is not good, veggies won’t grow well, which means that you’ll have to do a little something before you haul in jackpot crops. For types of soil like clay, peaty or loam, you should add some compost or hummus to enrich the nutrients and minerals the plant needs to grow. Fertilizers, too, can improve the quality and quantity of your veggie produce, so use a fertilizer spraying machine if you’re looking to grow king-sized veggie pieces. Also, don’t forget to provide a steady water supply for your vegetable garden – plants need H2O to grow and prosper, so make sure you inspect your garden now and again and look for signs of dehydration on stalks and leaves.
Sowing and watering: Dig in and use your green thumbs
Depending on the type of vegetables you’re planning to grow, you should plan the garden layout and sow the plants accordingly. While seeds and bulbs of strong varieties can be planted directly into the ground, more vulnerable vegetable types will need extra care and tending to grow strong and healthy. For best growth and yield results, try transplanting partially grown plug plants into your garden, or grow sensitive seeds in a seed tray or a container before you move them to the plot. Also, water your garden regularly in the morning or evening to keep the veggies healthy and prosperous. In case you’re growing your vegetables in pots or containers, make sure they get plenty of sunlight during the day. If you’re using heavy agricultural machinery, make sure you always have a full diesel tank at hand to top up your machines with much-needed fuel, and add some protection in the form of polythene covers to keep pests, insects and winter frosts at bay.
Harvest time: Delicious veggies of your labor
Once your veggie crops are ripe and tasty, it’s time to collect the produce and store it away. Monitor your garden for ripeness and try one or two veggie pieces if not sure whether the crop is ready for harvesting. After you’ve collected the product of your months’ long labor, go and make yourself a refreshing plateful of fresh salads, vegetable nibbles and delicious dishes made you’re your own seasonal plants – we guarantee you’ll love every bit of the food you managed to successfully grow yourself.