If you are already on a plant-based diet or are planning to switch to one, you would definitely have realized the importance of having a vegetable garden. A plant-based diet primarily has plant foods although you may occasionally eat animal foods like meat and fish.
In this article, we give you some vegetable gardening tips that may seem too obvious but are often ignored.
Ensure There Is Enough Sunlight
Most plants like tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers need a lot of sunlight to produce maximum output. You would have to choose an area which receives at least 8 hours of sunlight in a day. Leafy crops and herbs can grow in less light.
Get Your Soil Tested
The nutrient profile and humus content of the soil has a lot to do with the yield of plants grown on it. It is advisable to get your soil tested for fertility and pH to decide on the fertilizers that it will require. It is always better to choose organic fertilizers over chemical ones, considering the long term fertility of the soil.
A vegetable garden requires low maintenance but that does not mean it needs no maintenance at all. Hence it is advisable to have the garden in a small area for the first year or two and see how it goes. A 4 feet by 8 feet bed can be enough for a starter veggie garden. It will offer you the necessary space to grow a handful of crops. If you want something even smaller, plant container-friendly veggies and herbs in pots and place them in spots with enough sunlight.
Do Not Go For Growing Many Plant Varieties The First Time Itself
If it is the first time you are setting up a veggie garden, you may be tempted to grow all kinds of crops. But that is never going to be easy. We recommend you to select 4 or 5 vegetable varieties and grow them well. Trying to have so many plants in a small space is not always going to work as you expect. However, you can try succession planting in which you plant a new set of crops after your first harvest.
Irrigation And Weeding
The tip might seem too obvious but many gardeners do not know how much water is too much or too little. Newly seeded beds will require more water but most established crops can survive on one to two inches of water every week. Mulching your soil with shredded leaves or straw will help conserve water in the soil and control weeds.
You will have a happy time planting a vegetable garden and maintaining it. Your hard work will pay off in the form of the harvest.