Having a garden is exciting. Being around such freshness is good for your health as it provides an engaging activity the whole family can partake in. It also gives you a cheap and constant supply of fresh produce that can make your meals much tastier.
Therefore, if you are looking to experience the glories of having your very own vegetable or fruit patch, here are simple tips to make your neighbours green with envy.
- Enrich your soil first
Don’t just start apportioning the space to plants. The healthier the soil is before you begin, the stronger your crops will be and the less likelihood of disease. Use organic manure and fertilizers to till the land at least two weeks prior to planting. They will encourage earthworms which are just what you need to help your plants.
- Start small
You might have a huge expanse of land but don’t try to use it all in a go. Create a few beds at first then add some more the next year. Also, ideally, don’t start with seeds. Use the seedlings that professionals have grown, cut with scissors and grow. When you have learnt (and made you mistakes), move on to using seeds.
- Use raised beds
Create wooden beds of about 8 inches long and 10 inches high. This is a better option than planting directly on the ground as a measure against weeds. Also, you get to work on your plants without stepping on them.
- Plant repellant crops
Crops such as onions and garlic naturally repel insects that might bother your beloved veggies so plant them around you garden.
- Don’t overwater
While plants need as much water as they can get, be careful not to drown your garden in the process. It’s better to underwater than overwater; this is easier to rectify. In addition, only water early in the morning.
- Use the right tools
Don’t try to make do. Use the right implements to pot, till, weed etc. Also, paint your gardening tools a vivid colour to make spotting them within your garden easier.
- Companion planting
It is good to plant companion plants together so they can supply nutrients and shade to one another. Examples of such are beans and broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, peas etc; carrots and lettuce, onions, tomatoes etc; eggplant and peppers, potatoes etc.
- Harvest on time
Don’t let your crops stay in the soil for too long. Harvest as soon as they are ripe so that they don’t start rotting or attract pests.
- Know your region
Don’t just plant what you want. The climate, topography all determine the kinds of crops that will thrive best in your garden. For example, certain aggressive plants are common in particular areas and such should be potted to confine them.
Use as many leaves as you can find as a protective layer over your beds to suppress weeds and serve as compost.
Above all else, having a garden should be fun so enjoy it as much as possible. Create a scrapbook with pictures and sketches to document your progress