You might have been pondering how to plan a vegetable garden, if you would like fresh vegetables this season. You don’t have to limit yourself to the customary straight orderly rows. There are other choices available. You can unleash your imagination and build a container or raised bed garden. You may even create a more formal flower type bed and fill it with vegetation that produces vegetables as opposed to flowers.
On a side note, there are quite a few those who have begun mixing flowers and vegetables in their gardens. One reason is that lots of flower blossoms are very yummy (roses, violets, nasturtiums, etc.) Another advantage of combining vegetables and flowers in your garden is it is very good for your soil. Plants each have different nutrient requirements and get them out of the ground. By changing the plants that you set in the ground the balance of your soil is kept from one growing season to the next.
Tidy rows would be the first step in the long-established traditional vegetable garden. A particular vegetable is dedicated to every row. A north to south orientation, when possible, is usually suggested. To easily get to the rows you need to till the soil and make it flat. This makes it much easier to reach the weeds in the rows and tend to the plants other demands. For bigger vegetable gardens you might want to add walkways so you don’t step on plants tending to the garden. Remember to plant your rows across a slope to keep the seeds from being washed away. Additionally, it aids the main growth.
Remember to find out more about the area your seedlings need, this is quite significant in a traditional vegetable garden. The typical spring dampness causes a huge range of mould, mildew and fungi. One plant which has a disease pushed too tightly to others could spread to the rest of the backyard speedily. And infestations of bugs, caterpillars and so on will disperse through closed in regions like wild fire.
Spice it up
When you start planning the design of your garden, you might perhaps consider taking advantage of a raised bed for a substitute for the tidy rows of traditional gardens. The raised bed system uses blocks for planting. In addition to the exceptional appearance this system takes up less space. Another benefit this sort of garden is that it’s from the local dirt. Tending to the needs of your garden is significantly easier. Your back and knees will thank you also. All you need are some old bricks, a couple of cinder blocks, or perhaps left over timbers to develop your raised bed vegetable garden.
A bed at least 12″ deep is precisely what the horticulturalist ordered. Remember too that because the bed is raised off the ground, the dirt in the bed warms up sooner, your growing season gets a boost.
Flair is Good
Kitchen gardens have somewhat more eye appeal. If you’re a gardener that enjoys a bit of flair you might consider this sort of garden. Kitchen gardens usually mix vegetables and herbs to a smaller area as close as practical to the kitchen. Most kitchen gardens put the plants to geometric patterns involving the stones or bricks which form the paths. This makes the kitchen gardens prettier than more conventional gardens. Some kitchen gardens also have nicely trimmed surrounding them. Picture some vivid red hued lettuce mixed with curled parsley set against a background of lattice coated with legumes and beans. Add a few marigolds, which keep bugs at bay, and you have a wonderfully whimsical garden that keeps its true purpose.
Still More Options
Be a little flexible and you’ll see a variety of options available to design your garden. The beauty is in the flexibility. Consider your lifestyle, the distance you have, and the quantity of time you will invest in your backyard. A four square garden (one that is rectangular with a central focus, like a statue) or an asymmetrical garden (one which has no defined rules) could be additional choices for you to look at.
Tips and Tricks
It really does not matter which garden you select, but keep a drawing or picture of your garden annually. Annual blossoms and fruits should be rotated annually to keep your soil healthy. Perennials, such as asparagus and herbs, will remain in place year after year. Over time you will learn every one of your favourite vegetables needs and you’ll understand your growing season. A neat trick is to keep a journal of the sprouting times, bug issues and what you did to fight them. Your garden journal will be an asset each year and can become a family heirloom.