One of the best things you can do with your garden is to plant a vegetable patch or flower bed. Growing some greens is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the things you can do with an outdoor space. You can maximise your garden’s potential, as well as learn a new skill, and enjoy eating the fruits of your new hobby!
Vegetable gardens are fun and interesting things to build. They keep you engaged, give you the sense of creating something new, and also give you the satisfaction of saving money by growing your own vegetables. Since you sow the seeds and take care of your plants, you know that what you are eating is 100 percent organic. When starting to build your own vegetable garden, it is best to start small. Here are some tips to get started:
Deciding what to plant
Plant only as much as is easy for you to maintain and is enough for your family. Planting too much might actually adversely affect the growth of your crop and also lead to wastage. While choosing the plants, go for some of the easy-to-grow plants first. Choose some vegetables that you and your family actually enjoy eating! Tomatoes, squash, and peppers provide produce throughout the year, so they can be good options to start with. Make sure you know which vegetables are seasonal and which can be grown throughout the year and then plan your garden around that.
Allotting space for vegetable gardening
Once you have decided on what you are going to plant, you need to decide on how much space you need to put aside for your vegetable garden. Generally, a well-maintained 10×10 feet garden space gives pretty good results. If you are planning to grow your veggies in small containers, then you might not even need to dig out vegetable patch in your garden.
Preparing the soil and the beds
You should ensure that the soil you are planting in is rich in nutrients so you end up with good produce. Raised beds that has fertile soil in it not only enriches the produce but also make vegetable gardening an efficient process. Raised beds use less space and give the vegetables more space to grow. Also while spacing, try to plant your plants in triangular patterns instead of square ones. This will allow 10 to 14 percent more plants to fit into the same bed.
Finding the right spot
Look for a spot which gets good sunlight, is convenient to water and easy to access. If you can keep the vegetable patch close to your house so you can easily fetch the vegetables while you are cooking.
Setting up a garden shed
A garden shed gives you the perfect space to store your gardening equipment in and keeps it safe from the elements. Garden sheds house all your gardening necessities, keeping them neatly arranged and easy to find. There are a variety of garden sheds available in New Zealand and you can choose from different sizes, colours, styles and materials such as wooden garden sheds or aluminium ones.