More and more people are deciding to save money and eat healthier by planting their own vegetable gardens. However, if you’ve ever had any type of plant growing experience, you know it’s not as easy as it might seem. The term “green thumb” has always appeared to mean someone born to raise healthy plants. The truth is, almost anyone can have a green thumb if they follow simple planting tips.
Each vegetable comes with its own set of rules. This is where many tend to have problems — Planting your vegetables all at the same time and hoping for the best doesn’t work. It’s based on weather and temperature.
Plan your garden first. Decide what vegetables you’re going to plant and then follow instructions and tips you can easily find on the internet for the very best growing experience. Here are a few tips for a successful garden.
1. Planting Time. For example, lettuce should be planted in mid-spring as should tomatoes, watermelons, potatoes, onions, cabbage and many other vegetable staples. Peas, another staple, can also be planted in spring, but they can also maintain good growth by planting through the summer. Peas are one of the most simple vegetables to start with due to their easy growth. Avocados are another favorite with a bit of a difference in that they come from tree growth, and can be successfully grown throughout the year. As a rule of “green” thumb, most vegetables have a spring sowing period.
2. Soil Preparation. The type of soil is secondary to making sure your area is fertile and can drain easily while still maintaining the moisture needed to feed the garden. Stay away from any rocky areas which prevents healthy plant growth. Depending on your fertilizer preference you can choose from organic or chemically enhanced products. There is such a thing as too much fertilzer which causes, “fertilizer burn.” This is caused from over-watering. Use a few test plants after preparing the soil to see if you have the right mixture of growth enhancers. It will take longer but it will insure healthier vegetables. Composting is another way to insure healthy production. Compost will lower any acidic or alkaline soil content.
3. Depth and Spacing of Vegetables. This is important to the well-being of vegetables and each comes with their own set of rules. As two examples, Beets have been found to grow successfully when planted at a depth of 1/2″ and spacing of 4″ while broccolli should be spaced every 24″ at a depth of 1″.
4. Maturity Timing. You need to know when to expect your vegetables to come to maturity. In most cases patience is a virtue. Look to anywhere from 40 days to three years as is the case with asparagus.
The biggest tip is to do your research before moving ahead with your choices. Every “expert” has their own formula for a successful vegetable garden. The choices you make should come from good sound logical thinking.