Do you need help in vegetable garden planning?
Planting vegetable gardens can be a very rewarding endeavor in and of itself, let alone the benefits of exercise and the vegetables that you’ll get to eat! These days, it’s really ideal if you can plant your own vegetables to make sure that they are pesticide free, but a lot of people feel intimidated by the idea of organically-grown vegetable gardens especially if they live in a city or large town. So some vegetable garden planning is needed to have your own garden at home.
Vegetable gardens are typically easier to maintain than flower gardens because vegetables are more resilient, especially in different types of weathers.
Flowers are typically more sensitive to changes in the weather, and don’t adapt as readily. Creating a vegetable garden usually demands a lot of space, although some vegetables can also survive in plant boxes. It really depends on what kind of vegetables you will plant, and what yield you expect out of your vegetable garden.
The more traditional way of planting vegetables is to lay them out in straight, organized lines. Some people prefer to plant alternating rows of different types of vegetables so that when one type of vegetable is about to be harvested, the rows in between them have vegetables that are not yet in season. However, with this method the soil structure quickly becomes ruined because gardeners have to walk between the rows.
A popular way of planting vegetables these days is to plant them in beds rather than the traditional rows. The beds have to be small enough in size so that you can reach into them and pull out the weeds that will grow among your plants. Beds can also be raised a little from the ground so that they will retain day-time heat a little longer during cold weather. This also makes for a good drainage system around the beds.
Another planting style that is popular is potager, otherwise known as the kitchen garden, which is an aesthetically-pleasing design which combines vegetables, flowers and herbs.
For people who have restricted living space (especially those who live in the city), vegetables and herbs can grow in smaller plant boxes and containers. However, vegetables will need a lot of sunlight and open space. If you want to reap a lot of vegetables, you should invest in bigger real estate.
Preparing the soil
A very important aspect of planting organic gardens is preparing the soil. It doesn’t matter whether you plan to raise vegetables in a small plot of land or in a plant box, soil preparation is an essential step. Soil can be categorized as sandy or clay-like, with silt being a fine mixture of both sand and clay. Clay particles in sand help retain water longer as well as make the soil absorb water faster. Sandy particles in soil makes the water flow through it more easily and it also lets the air circulate so that the roots can breathe.
The best way to prepare the soil for your vegetable garden is to make the soil a good balance of clay, silt, and sand. Ideally, it should be 40% silt, 40% sand, and 20% clay. To test it, you can scoop up soil and form it into a ball using your hand. It should not be so hard as to not crumble when you poke at it, but it should also be sticky enough that it retains its shape even if you don’t press it too hard with your hands.
Planting vegetable gardens requires a lot of patience. You have to find what works for you, and experiment on getting the right type of soil for the right type of vegetables. All the hard work will be worth it, though, once you experience eating something that grew from an organic home garden that you planted yourself.
So start your vegetable garden planning now, and grow your own delicious and healthy vegetables at your own home!