How to plan your vegetable garden

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There are many ways to utilize the space around the house. Some people decide to turn it into a swimming pool, or plant colourful flowerbeds. And then there are those who see this space as an opportunity to grow their own fresh produce. If you plan to turn your backyard into a vegetable garden you should take several things into account. Today, let's discuss the steps to building a functional vegetable garden of your dreams.

 The basics

The first thing to do is to designate the right space for the garden. It should have enough sun exposure, therefore it is wise to avoid planning the garden in shadowy nooks, full of trees and bushes. It is also important to have a water source nearby, or a possibility to install a soaking hose. At this point, all future gardeners should also have essential gardening tools set which include a spade, a hoe, a garden fork, quality gloves, and a watering can.

 The soil

Vegetables grow best in moist soil with a right amount of organic matter. If you are not happy with the quality of your soil, you can easily enrich it with widely available compost, peat moss, or leaf mold. When mixed into the soil, those ingredients will quickly improve its structure, ensure a healthy dose of essential nutrients and boost microbial activity. If you have any doubts, look for garden planning specialists on Oneflare. They will happily answer all your questions and share their professional expertise.

The efficient use of space

Once you have prepared the soil, it's time to choose the seeds. The biggest mistake many beginning gardeners make is that they plant way too much vegetables and end up with huge amounts of delicious products they can't process themselves. Therefore, it is encouraged to plan wisely. Think how much fresh produce you need and plant accordingly. Do remember that some crops keep providing throughout the entire season (tomatoes, peppers and zucchini), while others, such as radishes, onions, and carrots produce only once. Some garden vegetables can be planted earlier, in small pots or special containers, and wait indoors for the season, when they will be transferred into the soil. Others have specified planting dates, which should be observed.

Getting dirty

Specialists claim that the best size for a vegetable garden is 16x10 feet, where 10-feet-long rows run from north to south enabling the crops to take full advantage of the sun. However, if your garden is smaller, it is best to get rid of the rows and go for 4-foot-wide raised beds. The undeniable advantage raised beds have over regular rows is that they require less effort and maintenance. You can order ready-made grow beds or build your own from scratch.

Keeping an eye on the produce

Finally, it is time for the fun part – buying the seeds, planting, and waiting for perfectly ripe veggies. It is an extremely satisfying feeling. To enjoy your vegetables all season long remember to water the seedlings regularly, preferably in the morning, so that the water does not evaporate too quickly. Also, do fertilise the soil once in a while.

Having a vegetable garden in your backyard has many advantages. It lowers the costs of providing your family with healthy vegetables, reduces carbon footprint, gives you the opportunity to spend time outside and connect with your family. With proper planning, systematic maintenance, and considerate care you can enjoy sun-warmed, organic produce for the entire harvest season!

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