10 things to know before start vegetable gardening and also it’s benefits

things to know before start vegetable gardening
Written by Dr. Shaun Murphy

Here is 10 things to know before start vegetable gardening and also it’s must know about it.

Tips for vegetable gardening

Longer days and the first brave flowers pushing through – spring is nearly here! This is the perfect time to be planning for the coming growing season.

If you’re new to vegetable gardening – welcome! This blog is for anyone looking to start a new  vegetable garden. You’re about to embark on a journey that’s equal parts challenging and rewarding but uplifting!

Here, then, are the top 10 things I wish I’d known when I was starting out.

The first thing to consider when starting a new garden. Most vegetables, fruits and herbs will grow be in full sunshine – somewhere that receives at least 6 hours, and preferably 8 hours of direct sunshine a day, though some shading is welcome in hotter climates.

Some cool season crops, for example spinach, cabbage and radishes can be grown in part shade, while there are plenty of flowers for both sunny and shady locations.

You’ll need to tend your garden regularly, so if possible position it close to the house where you will see it – that way you won’t forget about it, and can see what needs doing as it needs doing.

Tips for vegetable gardening

Try to site it near a source of water too, or install water  barrels and other means of collecting water close by to make watering quick and easy. Lavish your soil with love! Nourish it with organic matter including garden compost and manure.

Manure must be rotted down for at least six months before applying it because fresh manure contains weed seeds, can harbor disease, and may ‘burn’ plants due to its very high nitrogen content. Add organic matter whenever you can,and at least once a year.

This can be simply laid on the soil surfaces. what’s known as a ‘mulch’. Over time your soil structure will improve, becoming better draining and a healthier environment for roots.

You can add organic fertilizers too of course,but think of these as a short-term boost rather than building up long-term soil health like organic matter can.

As a new gardener it’s easy to get carried away, but a little restraint is essential. Plant too soon and tender plants are likely to be caught out by a sudden frost or will fail to thrive as they grow on.

In most areas your last and first frost dates define your growing season. Our Garden Planner can help. It automatically calculates your frost dates based on your location.

As you add to your plan the accompanying Plant List grows too – open it up and you’ll be able to see exactly when you should be sowing, planting and harvesting your chosen crops.

Begin sowing outside only once your soil has warmed up and dried out enough to become workable.

Seed beds – that’s the area you sow into – should have a fine, crumbly texture. Sowing undercover into plug trays and pots is a great way to get a head start while temperatures outside are still too low.

Transplants need planting holes that are bigger than the existing root ball. The soil then used to fill in the hole will be looser, which will make it easier for new roots to grow out into the surrounding soil,and help plants to establish quicker in their new home.

Most plants need an average of 1-2 inches(2-5cm) of water a week You’ll probably need to water more as it gets warmer, but this does depend on rainfall.

It’s better to water heavily once a week than a little every day. This forces roots to reach further down into the soil to seek moisture, improving self-reliance. Plants in containers can’t do this of course,so water them more often.

Remove weeds as soon as you see them so they don’t have a chance to produce seeds and spread. Hoeing is quick and easy, and severed weeds may be left where they fall to wither in the sun. Keep the blade edge sharp and close to the surface to prevent damaging crop roots. Hand weed where the hoe can’t reach.

Tips for vegetable gardening

Mulching with organic matter is a great way to stop new weeds popping up as well as improving your soil as it gradually rots down. Some vegetables must be picked regularly to keep the harvests coming.

Beans, zucchini (courgette) and tomatoes are just a few examples where picking will encourage even more pods and fruits to follow.

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Similarly, removing old blooms from flowers – called ‘deadheading‘ – encourages more to follow,extending the display a little longer. An end-of-season tidy up is a great way to ensure a clean start the following year, but don’t get too carried away!

Old seed heads of, for example, coneflowers and this will help feed birds over winter while ornamental grasses can be left to add movement and structure to the garden and overwintering sites for beneficial bugs such as butterflies.

Fallen leaves are a welcome resource. Add them to compost heaps, compost them alone to turn them into leaf mold, or pile them thick over tender perennials to protect them over winter.

Good gardeners make lots of mistakes, but they learn from them. By keeping track of when, where and what you grew, and noting any pests, diseases or failures, you can build up a personal record of what works best for you and your garden.

Take advantage of our free online Garden Journal which makes record-keeping easy. Take photos outside on the go,then upload them with your written notes.

Record when you planted, watered and tended your crops, get to the bottom of problems, and see how much you’ve harvested. These tips are our recommendations, but of course everyone has a different opinion based on their own experiences.

So if you’re not so new to gardening I invite you to share your advice for beginners. And if you’re a gardening newbie, then I hope this blog whetted your appetite to get growing!

Benefits of vegetable gardening

Benefits of vegetable gardening

1.It tastes so GOOD!

There’s nothing very like a new tomato from the plant. It tastes superior to the one from the store, trust me. The vegetable is picked new when you’re prepared, there’s no transportation included, it’s not sitting on the racks for quite a long time. So you get the opportunity to taste that great newness and deliciousness.

2.Sets aside you cash

Developing your own food can spare you somewhere in the range of $300 to $1000 per year! Purchasing natural at the store can be over the top expensive. By putting in a couple of dollars on seeds you’ll create vegetables that will yield pounds of produce.

3.It is CLEAN

By picking natural cultivating, you guarantee that your yields are ok for you and your family. Additionally, natural vegetables have a larger number of supplements than financially developed food sources on the grounds that the dirt is supported with economically. What’s more, obviously, it taste better!

4.It’s GOOD for the planet

Having your own vegetable nursery helps nature from various perspectives. In the event that you develop your food without pesticides and synthetic compounds, you don’t add to the pointless water and air contamination. You’ll additionally lessen the utilization of petroleum derivatives that outcomes in contamination because of the vehicle of produce from and to the grocery store. It might appear as though a little thing yet no exertion is excessively little.

5.It’s useful for the economy

At the point when you purchase seeds from neighborhood garden focuses, you’re supporting your nearby economy. Also, by deciding to purchase locally, you’ll undoubtedly discover an assortment of plants fit in your general vicinity.

6.It’s useful for the children

Presenting your children to cultivating can assist them with interfacing with nature while holding with them.

Instructing your kids about planting can change their relationship with food. Taking in where their food originated from, how to develop and think about it, how to reap it will show them how to be progressively mindful with regards to food.

7.You get the chance to share it

Claiming a nursery implies that most probable, you’ll generally have all that anyone could need for yourself leaving bounty to impart to companions and neighbors even with the network.

8.It’s a decent exercise

At the point when you garden, you are starting to perspire. Regardless of whether you’re burrowing, lifting or weeding, these exercises include utilizing diverse muscle gatherings. Furthermore, you get the opportunity to appreciate the sun.

9.It’s a pressure reliever

We realize that it’s beneficial to take a break from all the pressure that life tosses us and cultivating is a decent outlet for many individuals. By concentrating to planting, you are removing an opportunity to move from your everyday for a brief period.

10.It’s beneficial for you well being

Vegetables keep your body running proficiently shielding you from ceaseless ailments, for example, coronary illness and malignant growth. At the point when you’re developing your own vegetables, you’ll no doubt eat them.

11.Gain by selling your produce

In the event that it is lawful in your locale to set up a side of the road stand and sell your additional natural products or vegetables, feel free to procure additional cash. You can even offer your produce to your neighborhood café.

12.It’s FUN

For long time plant specialists, tending a nursery gives happiness. Watching your nursery blossom to a lovely produce gives a feeling of fulfillment. You can even make it a social cooperation by welcoming your neighbor who likewise garden.

About the author

Dr. Shaun Murphy