It’s very satisfying to learn how to grow a vegetable garden. We have only been vegetable gardening for the past two years and have learned so much already.
It really is great exercise and the home grown vegetables taste better than something bought in a shop. You also know exactly what’s gone into the produce. A veg plot requires different jobs for which you’ll need the correct tools. The basics will suffice and they are a fork, spade, hoe, trowel and a rake. It is best to get well-known brands. Others will cost less money but they are not as likely to last so long. A wheelbarrow is also convenient and a watering can. Occasionally, there are drought notices and it is a good idea to have one or two rain tanks. If you’re starting your vegetable patch from scratch and it’s a large area, you might want to employ a rotary cultivator to help you do the digging. It will save you a great deal of time and cut out your back ache. They can be leased if you don’t want to purchase one.
First of all, you have to locate and plan out your scheme. Planting vegetables ought to be moved around to keep the land healthy. Employ a soil tester to see which type of soil your yard has. This is critical since different sorts of soil need different methods of dealing with it. The soil may be heavy clay, light, sandy, chalky or alkaline. This also has a bearing on what variety of veggies you should raise in your produce garden, as crops respond differently to different types of soil.
The soil will need breaking up so the seeds can settle in and so water and air can get through easily. Unless the ground is especially hard, use a spade as opposed to a fork. Take the weeds out and dig in fertilizer or organic manure. It’s a good idea to establish a compost heap near the vegetable plot. This will be a low-cost source of fertilizer for the land.
Once you have set up the area and fed the soil, you’re ready to begin planting and sowing. Split the vegetable patch between root crops, brassica and crops not in the first two groups. Root crops incl ude potatoes, carrots, turnips, beetroot and onions. Brassicas are cauliflower, kale, cabbage, broccoli and sprouts. That leaves garden vegetables such as beans, squash, peas, sweet corn and salad crops like tomatoes and cucumbers.
You could set off some plants growing below a cloche or in a conservatory, especially if you live in an area where there can be quite a lot of cold or windy weather. Make sure you keep on top of the watering and weeding. Many gardeners put up a wall chart and plan out the jobs in the vegetable patch, month by month. In a short while you will have discovered how to grow a vegetable garden.