Your organic vegetable garden layout should of course be functional but that does not mean it can’t look and feel good too.
Having a well-designed garden is pleasing to the eye and adds to the quality of life in the place you spend most of your time – your home (or maybe your garden!). Building decorative arches for climbing plants or cages for tomatoes not only makes your garden look good but also helps it produce more crops. After all, there is more to organic home garden design than just cultivating a spot of land.
Function Over Form
The most well-known garden structures are those that are built to sustain plants and give them the room to climb as well as hold up the weight of a good yield of fruit. Building cages and poles lets you have a vertical garden which boosts your produce per square foot since you’ll have more space to plant in the ground.
Vegetables such as cucumbers, peas, peppers and eggplants need lots of garden support. Carrying these vegetables above ground not only will produce better crops but also protect them from insects found in the soil. In addition, the produce will be less likely to rot if planted in this way. Building other support structures like stakes and cages will help your plants grow stronger and taller.
Choose Your Structure
If you browse an online garden store, or a good bricks-n-mortar one then you’ll be amazed at the range of products when it comes to garden structures. A great online garden resource is the Garden’s Alive. They make trellises for plants like cucumbers (which serve as a shade to neighboring plants), tomato cages, spiral supports, bean towers, maypoles and other structural devices. They also have a mail-order catalogue so you can easily select what you need from their range of options.
Vegetable garden layout may vary, after all they must not only be functional but also visually appealing. The best kind of garden is both beautiful and bountiful!
Make It Attractive
There are so many options when it comes to building your organic vegetable garden from the purely aesthetic point of view. You can build ornaments like arches, trellises or archways to beautify your garden. You can even build walls or doorways to surround your garden for even greater visual splendor.
Of course, you can decorate your garden with plants other than vegetables. For example, you can plant beautiful flowers to cover your trellis but choose ones which attract helpful insects. Trumpet flowers are not only beautiful but also attract bees, and so these might be good to include in the design of an organize vegetable garden. Since you also want to attract helpful creatures, you can build a bird bath or a bird house in your garden. The birds can certainly help eliminate pests.
As long as you keep your garden attractive to birds and other helpful insects, they will spend a lot of time in your garden and repay you by eating away harmful insects, slugs and snails.
Supporting Your Plants
Plant supports are essential garden structures which is why it’s necessary to use them in the best way to maximize results. This does not mean building stakes or cages in the ground and then leaving the plant to grow on its own. There are other materials like plant ties, jute cords or twines which you can use to tie up your plant to the cages or poles – though do not tie them too tight.
Another great support when it comes to planting vegetable gardens are stakes. Make sure to drive them properly into the ground and space them far enough apart so as to avoid hitting the roots of the neighboring plants.
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