Things to help you start your own vegetable garden
It is a common perception that starting an edible patch is a tedious job, but it doesn’t have to be. With patience and sound advice, anyone can make a thriving vegetable garden reality.
We will be giving you a few tips here and hopefully you will be able to kickstart your garden project with all the necessary tools and information!
Cost Effective Vegetables
Choosing what to grow is very important so develop a plan and do some research on what plants will thrive in your area depending on the climate. A gardening calendar will help you with seasonal planting, informing you of what vegetables / fruits to grow in which months, and also when to harvest. Try out succession planting too! This will enable you to ensure a continuous supply of your crops, instead of having them coming all in at once.
Some tips for choosing cost-effective fruit and vegetables:
🍆 Grow plants which provide multiple crops and are high yielding. For example, cucumbers, squash, and beans are excellent options that provides high crop returns.
🍆 Choose to plant crops that grow quickly such as radishes, lettuces and spinach.
🍆 Choose to grow plants which are not resource intensive, plants which does not require a whole lot of watering. Heirloom varieties are a great option.
🍆 Grow vegetables that you like to eat and can be easily stored or preserved, and are expensive to buy at the grocery store.
Herbs last longer on the plant. Besides, having them on hand is an excellent way to save rather than buying a fresh bunch every time you need just a small amount.
These vegetables can be expensive in the supermarket so growing your own is a cost-saving idea. Besides, vegetables like cherry tomatoes also grow much quicker compared to the larger varieties and will have less time for bugs to eat them.
Composting is a way to recycle organic wastes (vegetable scraps and leaves). The way that composting is done is to mix them up in a compost bin and leaving them to break down naturally. The by-product of the compost will serve as good nutrients / fertilisers for plants as it is rich in nitrogen.
Tips for Composting:
🍄🥕 If your compost bin smells, add dry materials such as newspapers or leaf litter.
🍄🥕 Add air by turning the compost to accelerate the composting process.
🍄🥕 Chopping and Shredding compostable organic matter expedites the compositing process!
Organic Pest Control
Growing plants next to each other can act as a natural pest control.
🍅 Planting tomatoes and basil together is said to help protect the tomatoes from being eaten by pests as the basil has powerful scent that repels aphids.
🍅 The pungent smell of onions is said to confuse pests drawn to carrots.
🍅 Crop rotation helps break breeding cycles of pests and soil diseases.
We hope that these tips are helpful for you in your gardening journey and do leave a comment below and tell us what your favourite vegetable to plant is and what method and tricks that has helped you grow a thriving vegetable garden!