The vegetable garden is making a comeback. These attractive and productive little vegetable gardens are experiencing a revival of sorts. They are sprouting up in backyards around the world in the wake of the pandemic, as many people have turned to gardening as a hobby during their isolation. People are becoming increasingly anxious and stressed due to the pandemic or rising inflation, and they are looking for ways to cut costs, cut back, or take other measures to be more productive with their time. .
Growing your own food is beneficial because it provides a sense of calm while planting and growing your crops, as well as the contentment of picking your own fresh fruits and vegetables. It is also the healthiest option as it allows you to grow crops organically. And whether you choose crisp lettuce leaves, a steady supply of fresh ingredients, or hot pepper to spice up your cooking, you’ll be amazed at how simple it is.
But, before starting to build a vegetable garden, let’s identify the vegetables that can be grown there. Vegetables that require the least care and grow well in the home environment should be grown in the vegetable garden.
Ladyfinger, lemon, spinach, brinjal, tomatoes and chilli are some examples. The best part of all of this is that you don’t need a lot of space to grow them. It makes no difference if space is limited.
Let’s see how to arrange a vegetable garden at home and what vegetables you can grow in it.
Choose a location
Whether your house has a backyard or a kitchen window, you can have your own garden. A good garden space receives at least six hours of sunlight a day and has a well-located water source. If you don’t have a large outdoor space, consider container gardening on your porch or balcony and you can grow your produce upright. The choice of a flat ground devoid of roots and stones facilitates the plowing and the preparation of the soil before planting. In cases where the soil lacks good drainage, consider creating raised beds that allow plants to grow above ground level.
Healthy, rich soil is the key to a successful and productive vegetable garden, so don’t skip this step! Before growing food in your garden, take soil samples and have them tested for soil type and quality. The quality of your soil will affect the health of your crops and the design of your garden. Mulch the soil around your plants to improve your soil quality, lock in moisture, and keep weeds out. In winter, you can grow a cover crop or add nutrients to your soil.
Design your garden
A garden requires maintenance, so start small at first. Most herb garden ideas are low maintenance, don’t take up much space, instantly add a soothing aromatic scent, and also look pretty, making them a quick fix for improving your vegetable garden. So spend some time sketching out a simple design for your garden to figure out how much space you have for each plant. Place taller plants at the back of the garden to prevent smaller plants from getting too much shade, and line up your garden rows to maximize sunrise and sunset. You might also consider installing a rain barrel, fence, compost bin or path in your garden.
You can plant the seeds of crops like peas and beans directly into your garden soil, while other crops like tomatoes need to be started indoors and then transplanted outdoors. Some easy-to-grow vegetables include peas, beans, lettuce, melons, cucumbers, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and radishes. When you plant, mark your rows with sturdy labels so you remember what you planted. Not all seeds will grow or sprout, gardening involves trial and error, and you learn as you go. Your garden will improve over time, year after year.
Do not over fertilize
This may seem like one of the most obvious vegetable garden tips, but new vegetarian gardeners may not know when or how much to water and fertilize. Fertilizers replace lost nutrients, ensuring soil nutrient levels are at an acceptable level for healthy growth. The only thing worse than depriving a plant of nutrients is accidentally over-fertilizing it. Usually a balanced fertilizer is applied every three to four weeks throughout the growing season