Were you disappointed with last year’s vegetable garden?
If so, don’t despair: here are some tips to help you make your best vegetable garden ever!
Plan before you plant:
Planning ahead of time will save you time, money and frustration. In order to plan, you need to know where your vegetable garden will be and the conditions that prevail. Is it sunny all day, or partly shady? Is it sandy soil, or clay? Is it exposed to wind or is it sheltered.
You’ll need to choose the vegetable plants that will do well in this particular location – and that will do well when planted together. If you want to plant lettuce and squash, you’ll probably need to have vegetable beds in two different locations: one in a partly shady spot and one in full sun. You’ll also need to decide if you’re going to start those plants off from seed or planting seedlings?
If you’re a gardening novice, then take photos and notes and head on down to your garden center for advice.
The best way to plant vegetables is to do so with a harvest in mind. If you want to reap for longer, you’ll need to plant successive crops. Many vegetables have varieties that ripen at different times. Check before you plant. If you’re planting vegetables that all ripen at exactly the same time, you’ll end up with a huge harvest and not be able to use all the vegetables you reap. While you can always donate and give away the excess, you also don’t want to be left with nothing else ripening for the rest of the season.
While all this planning might feel like a chore, if you take care of it before you begin preparing your beds, you’ll find that you do less work for better results.
Here’s a link to a vegetable garden planner you’ll find helpful.