Vegetable Gardening Tips On Planting and Maintenance

Vegetable gardening tips was written to make your gardening easier and more gratifying.  Seed germination is the very first step and to be successful in this you must prepare the soil. You will need a garden bed that is deep, sunny and well drained with lots of organic material, an atmosphere that vegetables love. There are a few steps to take while working with the soil.  Make sure the soil is dry when you work it.  Refer to your garden plan and check how each vegetable likes the PH level. Try to position your garden so that it is close to your water supply.  During the growing season you must keep the soil moist for healthy plants.  Figure on one inch of rain or water from your garden hose per week.  Check your vegetables often to make sure they are not drying out.

A valuable tip is to do lots of research on the particular vegetables you have chosen.  Know everything you can about the seeds and the plants.  For instance you should find out if there are any pests that are prone to each vegetable.  Know your planting zone and the requirements of each plant for light and how to germinate it.  Knowing all this while you are making your plan will help you decide on the best vegetables for your particular area.   Another good tip is to sow a few extra seeds in case some of the seeds do not thrive or just don’t germinate. It is most important in this phase that you keep the garden moist to encourage the young seeds to grow.  Do not thin the rows until a second set of leaves are on the plant.  And this gardening tip should not be overlooked, periodically test the soil to keep on top of fertilizing needs. If you have the room build your own compost with garbage (like egg shells, fruit peelings and coffee grinds), grass clippings, pruned plants (that are disease free), this is an ideal way to fertilize your vegetable garden.  Be sure to “turn” your compost regularly to help the items break down. 

Always check for pests so that you can catch them early.  If you have healthy plants, good soil and lots of sun you should be able to keep pests at bay.  Controlling weeds is another important step.  Weeds deny your plants of nutrients, and light. After it rains hoe between your rows to kill any newly sprouted weeds. Mulch around your plants to discourage weeds and retain moisture. Planting marigolds around your vegetables will help to keep the pests away.

A very good homemade deterrent for pests is: 

In a jar, combine 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and 1 cup vegetable oil. Shake vigorously. In an empty spray bottle, combine 2 teaspoons of this mixture and 1 cup water. Use at ten-day intervals (or more often if needed) to rid plants of whiteflies, mites, aphids, scales, and other pests.

Most important of all, is that you enjoy your vegetable garden.  You will gain a lot of satisfaction from the fact that you grew the vegetables yourself.  Not only will you have fun from your garden hobby but now you can start a culinary hobby with all your fresh produce.

Happy Gardening!

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