Growing Fresh Fruit And Vegetables

Growing Fresh Fruit And Vegetables

Monday, March 16th, 2015

As spring approaches, gardeners start planning their vegetable garden. The scent of freshly turned soil and the feel of dirt under the fingernails are not matched by any other sensation with any other season. Planning the garden is almost as exciting as actually planting. Whether you plant seeds or seedlings, you can use some helpful tips for vegetable gardening. Here are some pointers for a beautiful, lush garden this summer. Sun Requirements Most vegetables and herbs require a lot of sun. In fact, direct sunlight for most of the day is necessary for healthy, blight-resistant plants. If your region has extremely severe sun, some light shade may be fine, but just enough to break the intensity of the sunshine. Vegetables are like a lawn – they can turn bright sun into bright green foliage. If yours is a shaded garden, you may want to reconsider your decision to plant vegetables. In order to deal with irregular sunshine, consider pruning the canopies of trees in the area. This will not only allow more sunshine to reach the ground below, it will make the trees healthier. Old, diseased growth will be removed, and the sun will be able reach the inner parts of the canopy, improving yield for the tree, as well. Water Needs Vegetables need a lot of water. This can be a problem in drought prone areas where water restrictions are common. Some cities even ban kitchen gardens during drought, for this reason. In order to conserve water in your vegetable garden, you can use mulch. There are many kinds of mulch at your local nursery. You need a product that will break down over time so that it can be incorporated into the soil later. Mulch will protect the surface of the soil and keep moisture from evaporating as quickly. Mulch will also help to control weeds in the garden. With water restrictions, sometimes using granite or planters to contain the water can be helpful. As you plant seedlings, place the container in which the plant arrived over the plant. Turned upside down over the plants, this keeps the plant from being smothered when you cover the soil with mulch. Another way to conserve water is to use a drip system. They are easy to make using tubing you get at the gardening store. Another way to conserve water is to plant two vegetables in one spot. For example, plant squash beneath com. You can water both crops at the same time. Pollination Have you ever tried planting just one or two tomato plants? It doesn’t work, does it? You end up with no tomatoes at all unless you plant too many plants. Then, you end up swamped with more tomatoes than you could ever eat. The key here is pollination. Plant just two tomato plants, but when they bloom, hit them with a stick. This will shake the pollen loose and the blooms will “set,” yielding a bigger tomato crop. Tomatoes are particularly responsive to this treatment, while other plants may be too brittle. There are many techniques for getting the most out of your vegetable garden. Good luck this summer, and may you enjoy bountiful harvests.

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