Getting the Garden Ready for VegetablesMay 8, 2014
Once you’ve decided to grow vegetables in your home garden, now comes the actual implementation. To get a garden ready really doesn’t take all that much, but a few practices greatly improve the chances of quality production from your plants.
After a long winter the soil will likely be compacted and quite tough. Get the soil ready for planting by breaking it up using a tiller or pitchfork, perhaps working in some nutrient giving mulch or compost at the same time. Besides adding minerals plants thrive in, it loosens the soil, making it easier for your seedlings’ roots to take hold.
Once that’s done, you’ll get down to actually planting the seeds or seedlings. Many people like to create rows in the gardens, giving you a clear guide as to where the seeds are and aren’t so you don’t step on any. But if you decide not to do this, make sure the ground is level and that the seeds aren’t at a low point where water will flood them. Often the plants will give instructions for spacing, sunlight and watering requirements, but if not, check online and you’ll surely be able to find the answers you’re looking for.
Once the seeds are in you need to plan how to water them. We prefer drip, and there are many options within the drip irrigation category to find just what you need, but either way, make sure you get those plants what they need, not going over the recommended amount.
Some other options are adding a bit of vegetable fertilizer, marking the plants so you know what’s coming up where and working the soil on a regular basis. Beyond that, keep the weeds out and enjoy your time in the garden as the vegetables grow