Tips For A Year Round Vegetable Garden

Whether you're planning a garden or you already have a year round vegetable garden, there's a lot of advice that will help you maximize the benefits of your investment. A vegetable garden is supposed to be fun. It's supposed to be rewarding, and it is definitely suppose to provide fresh, organic vegetables. And it certainly can. Embrace as much knowledge as can about it, and you'll reap the benefits of your creation.

Benefits of a year round vegetable garden

• No more worrying about the possible existence of toxic pesticides used on many store brand vegetables.
• Significant savings even over farmer markets' prices
• The possibility of growing many more kinds of vegetables than you'd find elsewhere
• An amateur vegetable garden is a lot of fun and is quite rewarding in more than one way

Valuable tips on perennial vegetable gardens

A year round vegetable garden will obviously take more effort for those living in harsher climates (i.e. the frigid North or the generally arid Southwest). However, even those gardeners can grow vegetables in greenhouses. Nonetheless, popular homemade vegetables include: beets, zucchini squash, tomatoes, peas and beans.

Is the soil where you're planning to establish your year round vegetable garden (or already working garden) the best for growing good crops? It's really essential that it is. Soil that contains too much sand or clay won't work very well. Soil which has too many underlying roots (perhaps from nearby trees or shrubs) may also make for a formidable place to grow crops. Sandy loam is generally the best type of soil to grow crops with; it's the type that crumbles like cake when you fist up a sample (about the size of a baseball) in your hand.

Make sure that your garden is protected and gets what it needs to sustain itself

Don't forget about other variables that can adversely affect your year round vegetable garden. Make sure it has at least some protection against various vulnerabilities. Wildlife-like insects, rabbits, mice, deer, etc-are notorious for helping themselves to vegetable gardens. The weather can also affect it; make you implement at least some protection against things like excess rain, drought, too much wind and so forth. You can easily mitigate excess water by digging a few small canals to channel it away (if the land is so low that pools of water build up on it).

Many gardeners fall into the trap of buying cheap, bargain-basement seeds. This isn't to say that good seeds are expensive-no, not by far. Spending say-1.99 per seed instead of 1.20-increases the chances that you're getting a better quality seed. Vegetable seeds are sold practically everywhere: online, from a gardening shop, Lowe's or the Home Depot and so forth.

Furthermore, learn how to adjust your plants and eliminate liabilities so that you have a successful year round vegetable garden. Give your plants "room to breathe"; don't plant different types of crops too close together. Also, try to use organic fertilizer but if you can't, use one of the higher-quality fertilizers sold in many stores. If you're just getting started on your garden, it's very wise to (in addition to having a good quality soil) give the plot a good aerating.

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