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As a way to transform your garden but also begin on the journey to self-sustainability, a vegetable garden can provide so many answers. A vegetable garden is a perfect way for people to cut back on their expenses and improve their carbon footprint, as well as being healthier, but while many people like the idea of starting one, the reality is far different. If you want to get into agriculture but without the aggravation here is some handy advice for anybody starting on a journey to self-sustainability.

Keep It Convenient

Tending to your garden is a lot of work so you need to position it somewhere that minimizes your overall effort. People greatly underestimate just how much effort they have to put into tending to the garden, not just in terms of the digging, but also in terms of watering. If it’s possible, try to locate it near a source of water. Or alternatively, you could install one of the many rainwater tanks available, and position the garden around that or vice versa. If you can collect rainwater you won’t need to use tap water but it also makes watering the plants a quick and easy process. You’ve got to minimize the steps because it can take a long time to get everything up and running.

Consider Your Light Situation

The right plant needs to grow in the right place. The vast majority of fruits, herbs, and vegetables grow when in complete sunshine. This means that you need to find an area of your garden that gets between 6 and 8 hours of direct sunshine every day. The only stipulation to this is if you live in a hot climate, in which case, some shade is welcome. You’ve also got to think about what you want to grow. There are some crops that can grow in part shade, like radishes and spinach. But if you are looking to grow root vegetables you need more sunshine to get everything going. Look at where your garden is positioned and once you’ve got this sorted and know which direction the sun is, you can arrange everything accordingly.

Giving The Plants A Proper Foundation

A lot of people want to get stuck in but if you plant too hastily you may end up hindering your plans before they have the opportunity to grow. You’ve got to know when your growing season begins depending on the individual plant. There are guides online that can help you to calculate when to put a plant in the soil. You’ve got to wait for the last frost to disappear before you stand a chance of growing certain plants. For example, a carrot will thrive best between the months of April and May so you’ve got to wait until then. You also need to think about the soil. The seedbeds should have a crumbly texture which will give your plants a good starting point. But you need to think about other components, especially in terms of compost and when you start to consider the other factors that can hinder your plants’ growth, such as weeds, good soil can make all the difference. If you use a darker colored potting soil in places you have planted seeds, this can help you to identify your seedlings so you don’t confuse them with weeds.

Getting Rid Of Weeds

This is something you’ve got to do quickly. Because weeds are in direct competition with your plants for nutrients and moisture, they can very easily overrun your garden. As soon as you see the slight inkling of any weed, you need to remove it as soon as you can. The great thing about hoeing weeds is that it is a very quick and easy process. In fact, you can sever weeds and leave them to wither in the sunshine. But prevention is also key. Using organic mulch can stop new weeds from popping up which also helps to improve the soil. And when there are other types of weeds, such as Japanese Knotweed, this is when things can get tricky. Japanese Knotweed is one of the biggest viruses of any garden. It’s crucial to call in professionals when it comes to something like this because they can cause structural damage if they’ve already taken root.

Know How Much To Water

As a general rule, plants needs approximately 1 to 2 inches of water every week. You need to take into account rainfall, but also the temperature. If you don’t have much time to tend to your garden and you’re wondering whether you should water a little every single day or heavily once a week, it’s far better to go for the latter. This is because it forces roots to reach down into the soil to find moisture. Plants can be incredibly self-reliant when they are in the soil but plants in containers aren’t able to do this, so you’ve got to be on top of the watering. And while you may think that it’s better to overwater than underwater, this can prove detrimental to individual plants. You’ve got to find the right balance.

Pick Vegetables Regularly

We have got to encourage more to grow in their place and this means that certain vegetables need picking on a regular basis. Courgettes and beans can be in abundance if you keep picking them. As well, you need to think about removing old blooms known as “deadheading.” If you are growing a few flowers you can extend the display longer.

A vegetable garden can be the perfect way to self-sustainability. But it is a lot of work if you’re not used to it. The best piece of advice for anybody starting out is to keep good records. The best gardeners have made numerous mistakes in their lives. And if you can get organized and keep good records of specific failures, as well as diseases or pests, you can get a better picture of what works well for your garden. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach because you’ve got to get used to your own garden but as a way to become self-sustaining and start enjoying gardening, growing your own vegetables is perfect. 


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