Three tips to Ramp Up Your Garden
Three tips to Ramp Up Your Garden
Gardening for me has become my "HAPPY PLACE". I can tell you there is nothing like picking your own lettuce for your spring salad or biting into a freshly picked tomato. When you grow your own vegetable garden, you can experience this little piece of heaven all season long.
I want to live a healthy lifestyle and part of that is eating healthy. So growing my own food was a no brainer. Growing a good and supply of fresh vegetable year after year takes a little practice. Most people think to become a successful vegetable gardener, you have to have years of hands-on experience.
That may be true,
But, I’m here to tell you it way easier than you think. You can lessen your own learning curve by learning some tried-and-true vegetable gardening tips from the pros.
Well, that's what I did.
What?...... Did you really think I knew everything…..LOL
Easy Vegetable Gardening Tips You Need to Know:
Tip #1: Amend Your Soil.
Few people are blessed with an abundant supply of beautiful, rich topsoil, but Depending on where you live, you may find yourself struggling with heavy clay, rocky, sandy or other less-than-ideal soil conditions. Like myself.
Each of these soil types presents different challenges ranging from retaining too much water (or not enough) to being devoid of the essential nutrients plants need to survive and thrive. For example, if you have heavy clay soil and you just dig a hole in the ground and drop a plant into it, chances are good that plant won’t make it. The heavy clay around your plant will act like a bathtub whenever it rains, which means your plant will be forced to sit in a pool of water with nowhere to drain.
So your first step will be to find out the type of soil you have so you can take the appropriate steps to amend it. Now that you know what you are dealing with, you’ll be able to determine which specific amendments are needed to amend your type of soil.
Tip #2: Grow UP. Use less space and grow up! Take advantage of vertical space in your garden by utilizing fences, trellises, and other structures to keep your plants off the ground.
Did you know, you can grow more food in a smaller area, which is great for urban gardens or those with limited growing space. Plus, growing vegetables on structural supports makes harvesting. Weeding around your plants become a lot easier.
This is a plus especially true for older individuals or those with other physical restrictions because less bending and stretching is required to perform these tasks. That way no one gets left out of gardening.
Growing vertically benefits your vegetable plants, too. Raising the plants off the ground leads to better air circulation around them, which is associated with fewer fungal infections and pest infestations.
Tip #3: Give Your Plants Some Friends. Companion planting is a smart way to increase the yield of your vegetable garden. Find out which plants work well together is an important step towards maximizing the efficiency of your vegetable garden.
Trust me your veggies will thank you later.
Some plants are particularly beneficial to one another, so, it makes sense to group these plants together in your garden. These beneficial plant combinations may add needed nutrients to the soil, deter unwanted pests or attract beneficial insects into your garden.
You may have heard how Native Americans planted “the three sisters” – maize (corn), beans and squash – together because each plant benefitted the others in some way. For example, the corn stalks provided structure for the beans to grow upon, while the squash provided an effective weed barrier as it spread out along the ground.
Just remember, the garden doesn’t have to be complex. Start out small and go slow, when lose or draw, you will learn to grow and eat your own veggies.
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Now go get started! Today……….