There are many designs you can incorporate into your yard for the most convenient and pleasing vegetable garden. In order to successfully implement a garden, you must rely on planning and self-motivation. Only garden as much as you can handle with your work and personal schedules; gardening is easy, but a garden can’t create itself. Diligence and patience are broadly needed when growing your own garden, so relax and use this time to de-stress and enjoy the veggies that you have grown from your own seedlings to full flourishing and healthy vegetables.
Designing your garden
Always look at your surrounding space; this is crucial when planning your garden. Notice where the shade and sun are and for how long; plants are each different when it comes to how much shade and sunlight they need to help them grow. If you have limited space, there are many different and fun options and designs you can use for your crops, such as raised beds, containers or simply, the ground. One thing to consider: do you have the space to grow horizontally or vertically? This will not only impact your vegetable growth, but also the types of vegetables you should plant.
Research the type of gardening plans you’ll need to do for large areas or small areas. These could include intensive cropping, row cropping and paper planning. If you’re planning for a garden for a certain time of year, then you should also plan ahead to grow the seedlings that you will need for that time of year. How long will these take to germinate? Are these plants only available in certain seasons? These questions play an integral role in getting your garden started and flourishing in less time. In the meantime, you should always test your soil before planting anything; there are soil tests you can get along with many soil helpers like compost, manure and sand that can be bought to ensure a healthy garden. Arrange your plants accordingly and put crops next to another that will help them grow.
Determine that your preferred vegetables are able to grow in your climate. Be prepared for pests, because like weather changes, they will come. Fortunately, there are many natural remedies for pesky pests that will not only keep your crops alive, but will help keep them growing.
Finally, there’s a common adage for crop growing: “Plant the same crop in the same place every three years”. This helps ensure that the crops you’ve previously grown don’t use all the nutrients in the spot of soil. In terms of maintenance, weeding your garden is likely the most important activity when gardening to ensure your vegetables are able to grow to their full potential.
Best vegetables to grow
Choosing the best veggies is the biggest aspect of gardening. An important factor is to choose vegetables that you and your family eat regularly. Pay attention to the time of year and best veggies for your climate. There are all kinds of lists you can find of warm season vegetables and cool season vegetables.
And since we all love an easy garden, here are the easiest vegetables to grow:
- Kale and spinach: great for salads, enjoy the cool weather. All you need to do is trim the top leaves and let continue growing.
- Baby carrots: great addition to any garden, and they’re healthier than store bought processed baby carrots.
- Green beans: low maintenance and constant growing so you never run out of a great side dish.
- Potatoes: one of the easiest to grow, all kinds of ways to plant with low maintenance so there’s no worrying.
- Peas: can be a cool season, needs support to grow which makes it great for raised beds and vertical growing.
- Tomatoes: bush varieties are easiest for low maintenance, can also be hung up to grow for tight spaces.
- Radishes:only takes 4 weeks to grow, sowing to harvest and easy to grow.