Methods to Secure Success in Planting and Harvesting a Vegetable Garden

By Raymond .N. Winsome

Virtually, all gardening partisans do not get much greater joy than in their vegetable gardens. One of the most satisfying things is to be able to walk out into your garden and be able to harvest and then eat what they, themselves have created through their own hard work. There is a lot more involved in a successful garden then just plainly planting a few seeds in the ground and waiting for vegetables to abruptly appear. Planting is the third footprint in a successful garden.

The first step to having a vegetable garden that is thriving and successful is to cautiously plan. When you start planning your garden, you should consider putting in a few extra plants and donating this extra to a local food bank or a harvest organization. In doing this, you will be helping those who are not fortunate enough or do not have the means to be able to grow their own food.

If you want to have the best outcome possible, you should keep in mind that when you are creating a successful vegetable garden it should be carefully and thoroughly planned out way in advance and well before you ever start the garden. The most important aspect of a vegetable garden is where it is located. The most ideal location for a vegetable garden is in an area that has full sunlight and is close to the house. However, there are a mixture of factors that can make this area unsuitable for your garden. Some of these elements can include things such as water runoff, drainage problems, quality of the soil, or shade from trees or buildings.

In order to have the best vegetable garden possible it needs to have at least six hours of complete sun every day. There is nothing that can replace this sun prerequisite. You can use the absolute best fertilizer, provide the best amount of water, or provide fantastic care and none of this will supplant the need for the sun exposure. You should take care to place your garden in an area that does not have outrageous wind because this can potentially dry out your plants or cause them to break off.

Next you will want to organise your soil for planting. The soil needs to be fertile and well drained in order for your garden to be productive. Your choice as far as the exact type of soil that you use is not near as essential as the fact that it drains easily, has an abundance of organic materials, has very few stones or rocks, and is able to adequately keep in moisture. You will also want to have fabulous subsoil.

If this is the first year that you have planted a garden in an area, you will have to cultivate and till the soil. If you have planted before, you will simply need to plow in more materials that are organic and fertilizers. Once the area is all set up and has had time to settle and been watered properly, you can check the pH of the soil. This will tell you the amount of acidity. Various vegetables need different amounts of acid to thrive.

After you have prepared your soil, you are now ready to plant your vegetables. You will mark areas with stakes so that you know what is planted where. Once you have done this, you can plant your seeds and get your vegetable starts into the ground. Then, you simply need to monitor your garden and care for it properly. You will also frequently check for insects and pest infestations. By adopting these steps, you will be well on your way to having a garden that is winning and that you can be proud of. - 29857

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