With the increasing concerns about non-organic farming, genetically-modified crops and other issues, more and more people have started a veggie patch in their own garden. Not only can it be healthier and safer, but the costs might also be lower than buying produces at the supermarket.
But how do you make your own veggie patch? Here’s how to get started:
Plan the Plant
Decide the produces you want to plant and how you’re going to make use of your space. Some things to consider include the amount of yield – whereas beans and tomatoes can provide multiple crops, carrots and cabbages usually only produce once. You can also pick what to plant based on your favourite vegetables (especially if they are expensive to buy at the markets) and the amount of maintenance needed.
Also, when considering the placement, make sure the patch will have enough direct sun exposure and protection against strong winds.
Prepare the Soil
Whether it’s on the ground, in garden beds or maybe other containers, the soil is a significant part that can make or break your veggie patch. According to gardening expert Graham Williams, cultivating and fluffing your soil before planting is important to ensure that the soil has sufficient nutrient and structure. This could be done by using compost, manure or lime.
Feed and Care
After you’ve planted the seeds, it is time to take good care. Make sure to not water the plants too much, as it can result in rotting. Water the plants on the soil – not on the leaves, as it may encourage fungal attacks – and only when the top soil is dry.
Make sure to remove weeds regularly. You can prevent weeds from coming by stirring the top inch of the soil and adding mulch, which can also retain moisture and add nutrients to the soil.