Vegetable Gardening, Some Great Advice


Starting out with a new vegetable garden, whether you’ve done it before or not, can be a challenge, especially if your thumbs aren’t the right color. Bad “green thumb” jokes aside, how you start your garden, from what soil to use to what fruit, veggies or flowers can be planted, may be a bit daunting at first but not to worry, there are many great gardeners to learn from, with tips and tricks that will have your friends and family asking YOU for advice faster than you can harvest your newly grown watermelon!

Below is some amazing advice and tips on starting your first (or second, or third) garden, be it a vegetable garden, an orchard, or just some flowers to bring some color.

When first growing a garden, attempt to put as much effort into the first bed as possible. Land that hasn’t been used for a while needs an overhaul to begin changing into a viable spot for plants. Usually these regions either lack the right nutrients or consistency of soil. If you plan to make a garden out of patch, make sure that it has all the right pre-conditions to planting.

Learn to water your garden efficiently. A soaker hose can be laid in the garden and left on with low water pressure. This frees you up from having to hand-water the plants, so you can do other gardening work. Take care with seedlings, though — they are still delicate and need to be watered by hand.

Marigold flowers are quite the powerhouse in an organic garden. As their flowers and leaves decay, the marigold releases chemicals that attract frogs, repel snakes and kill nematode pests that attack many vegetable plants, including tomatoes. Look for ways to let the bright yellow marigold bring brilliant color and decoration to your garden, as it goes to work to protect the health of your plants.

Rotate your crops to prevent permanent populations of pests in your garden. As with any ecosystem, pests need a certain amount of time to nest and build up a proper population within a garden. These pests are specially suited for one environment and one food source. By switching their food source you can essentially keep your pest population down simply because they are unable to adapt to the new type of plant.

One thing to remember when you garden, what you put in is what you get out, some things take more effort than others but from my own personal experience, the rewards out-weigh even the most effort put in, from giant fruit, healthy and tasty vegetables, or flowers that would put the best florist to shame.

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