Tips For Your Vegetable Garden

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Real Estate Agent with South Florida Home Solutions

Tips For Your Vegetable Garden

 

As more and more people become conscious of the food they consume, there is a corresponding increase in home gardens. Vegetable gardening is a unique mix of science and sheer luck. As a beginner, this can be daunting, but learning basics before you start is helpful. Understanding and implementing the following layout tips start a vegetable garden off on the right foot, increasing the chances of it being successful.

 

 

1. Pick a sunny location
Plants use sunlight and water to drive photosynthesis, the chemical process occurring within their cells, to create oxygen and glucose. The glucose is then used as a food source for growth. Vegetable gardens require a minimum of six hours of full sunlight daily to prosper.

 

2. Assess the soil drainage
Soils with a high amount of sand drain quickly, needing more frequent waterings at a lesser amount. On the other hand, soils with high clay content hold too much water and can stay too wet. Understanding the type of soil helps ensure correct watering and will determine if the soil needs amending before planting.

 

3. Plant close to a water source
Adequate water supply is paramount for a successful vegetable garden. Depending on the local climate and weather patterns, you may need to water plants if natural rainfall amounts aren't sufficient. Planning a garden close to a water source makes watering considerably easier.

 

4. Orient garden rows north to south
According to vegetable gardens DIY they should be laid out with the rows running north to south. As the sun travels its path across the sky, the light given off strikes the entire length of the garden. Vegetables grown in rows running east to west may shade out each other.

 

5. Account for the size of fully grown plants
Proper plant spacing is important for numerous reasons. As plants grow, they compete with their neighbors for sunlight, water, and nutrients in the soil. Ensure plants receive the amounts they need by configuring the garden layout based upon their size at maturity, not their size at the time of planting.

 

6. Consider plant competitors and companion plants
Just like humans, plants have relationships with their peers. Sometimes they benefit from being close to certain species; at times close proximity is problematic. Understanding these relationships minimizes problems between plants while encouraging symbiotic rapport in the garden. Companion Planting Guide provides a comprehensive chart on its website detailing plant companions, allies and enemies.

 

7. Sketch out ideas on paper
Sit down with a pencil and paper and sketch out the proposed garden layout before you begin planting. This allows you to visualize available space and determine the exact number of plants space can sustain.

 

 

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Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
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Hi Michael Peron. Thanks for the great garden tips. Here in sunny Scottsdale as opposed to other parts of the country, to get multple crops out vegebables like tomatoes, one needs a garden sun diffuser net to keep the hot summer sun off the plants. The first crop up to May is ok for full sun.  Too much sun here after May has an adverse effect. Jeff 

May 17, 2019 09:27 AM #1
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I love fresh vegetables these tips will come in handy. Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a great afternoon.

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Good afternoon Michael Peron 

Thank you for sharing the tips for a vegetable garden 

Have a great day.

Friday May 17, 2019. 

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I'll be picking up my tomato, squash, cucumber and pepper plants this weekend so these tips will come in handy.

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 Michael Peron those are very valuable tips for a vegetable garden.

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