How to Start a Vegetable Garden?

Gardening seems to be the easiest way to kill your time and spend it meaningfully. Growing a plant in backyard is like nurturing the environment and finding peace. There is nothing more interesting than growing a vegetable garden. It has got many benefits. It saves money, time satisfies our epicurean appetite. The most admirable part of a vegetable garden is that you get fresher vegetables with different flavours then you could have ever bought from market. There are certain things that have to be kept in mind when starting a vegetable garden.

  • The area where you want to grow your vegetables must have good amount of exposure to sun. To have disease resistant plants, you must prefer sun over shade. However this principle is not applicable on all vegetable varieties. Few vegetables like onion, carrot, potato, tomato prefer sunlight over shade. And plants, especially the leafy vegetables require less sunlight that could be arranged through wattle fence or netting. The wattle fence should be arranged in such a way that only 60% of sunlight should reach the plants, while remaining must be humid.
  • Once you have the land planned accordingly, clear the entire area to make sure no weed is remaining. If you have grass or big flowers as fence, then get rid of it. The area should be clear from molluscs to avoid a raid on your crop. The key to a successful vegetable garden is to have a weed free slugs and snail free land.
  • If your land is having perennial weeds, the possibility for them to grow is very obvious. These weeds have deep roots and to stop their growth you can use cardboard to cover the land with compost which will not allow the weed to grow and supress its growth.
  • When we talk about a vegetable crop, the first things strikes our mind is chemicals. We certainly need chemicals to stop he pest attack that can destroy your crop. So do you have choice? Yes we do, before stating your vegetable garden. Plant nitrogen fixing crops in your land that helps the nitrogenous bacteria to capture atmospheric nitrogen and store in the plant root. This will eventually make the soil strong and resistant to pests. You can use legumes or asparagus.
  • Practice crop rotation on minimum scale. You cannot grow the same vegetable variety long the year as it could weaken the soil fertility. Make sure on seasonal basis you grow vegetable that are favourable for particular season.
  • The most important of all is to start your garden plan in low light. Never head the plan when the sun is high as this could weaken the plant and the survival rate could be at risk.

To have a vegetable garden exactly the way you have imaged needs lot of patience, time and timely attention. Trust me; the results are very satisfactory and exciting.

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Sanjeet Singh Veen

Vice President at Tribune International LLC
My name is Sanjeet Singh Veen, a 50 year old successful entrepreneur, Business Counsellor, and a writer. Right from my childhood, I was interested in gardening and cooking. Anything or everything I wanted to do was to establish myself in the same field of interest.

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