Vegetable Garden Plans And Layout
Planning, planning, planning – it’s so important to the final outcome and success of your vegetable garden, when making allowances for your vegetable garden plans and layout, the following should be considered...
Positioning of your vegetable garden
Firstly pick out your plot, vegetables love plenty of sunshine especially morning sun so it’s important to ensure your vegetable garden gets full morning sun as well as full sun for most of the day, vegetables need plenty of sunshine to thrive......
An easterly aspect protected from the winds is ideal, normally it’s the westerly winds that do the damage, but check your local weather guide to confirm.
It’s handy to have your vegetable garden close to the house so you can duck outside to collect vegetables as you need them, or nearest your water source – having it close to both would be ideal.
Consider fencing, to prevent pets other animals and young children from damaging your plants.
Consider netting over your vegetable garden to protect your plants from being eaten by birds (if that’s a problem where you are)
Preparation of soil
Your vegetable garden plans are key to the success of your vegetable garden and the most important step in your vegetable garden plans is soil preparation, if you expect to yield a large amount from your vegetable garden, careful attention should be paid to your soil, soil is the life blood of your vegetable garden, follow these simple steps to ensure you have the correct balance, creating the ideal conditions for your vegetables to grow.....
Step 1For a basic vegetable garden, clear your desired vegetable garden plot, removing all grass, weeds, debris, sticks & branches etc.
Step2Fertilise your chosen area 6-8 weeks before planting any seedlings, using Blood & Bone or your favourite garden fertiliser.
Fertilising will kick start the life of the soil, boosting the soil with nutrients, getting it ready to feed your plants on their arrival.
Step 3Now starts the manual labour..... digging over the soil to make your vegetables nice and comfy.
Once the soil is dug, and broken up until there are no large clumps of soil, add a good layer of compost 10-15 centremetres (5-7 inches) thick on top, digging the compost back into the soil, then rake over the garden bed to smooth & level it out.
Now you’re ready to plant...
This is the fun part of your vegetable garden plans, choosing which vegetables to grow, your climate & season dictates what to plants to plant, but don’t worry there are many many vegetables to choose from for each season so you can enjoy your favourite vegetables in their ideal growing climate....
Planting out your vegetable garden....
Most vegetables can be bought as seedlings or you can grow your own from seeds.
When growing from seeds it will take anywhere from 7-10 days for germination plus another 2 weeks before seedlings are ready for planting.
Your vegetable garden plans should include the ideal time of day to plant, planting seedlings on a shower day or late in the afternoon is best as cooler conditions help the plants to adjust from being transplanted. A diluted solution of seaweed can be used to help plants cope with stress, just water seedlings with your watering can in the late afternoon.
Water for the first two days in the afternoon, then every second day for a week.
Once your plants have adjusted & are starting to grow, water as needed keeping the soil moist, applying mulch will really assist in retaining the moisture within the soil.
Vegetable garden maintenance...
After your first planting, watch out for any signs of disease and pests.
Decide now if you are going to use chemicals or go with the
approach. There are many benefits to growing organically, including many tips and techniques to manage pests and disease including careful attention to the balance of the soil, and companion planting. Some herbs act as natural bug repellents, choosing the right herbs to grow with their perfect veggie partner will keep those pesky pests away.
Another strategy for pest control within your vegetable garden plans is to introduce native trees within close proximity to your vegetable garden such as Grevillea varieties (at least non-edible to humans) doing this will encourage birds who will do you a favour and eat many bugs that find their way to your vegetable garden, native birds will assist in your vegetable garden plans, they won’t destroy your garden, you will need to watch out for birds such as Magpies and Crows who will try to mess up your vegetable garden plans...
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A good vegetable garden planting guide
is needed to achieve maximum yields out of your vegetable garden. If you are prepared to set out a plan and use a planting guide (northern hemisphere) like the one I have for you on this next page you will be well on the way to success.
Indoor Vegetable Garden
The rules are a little different when it comes to an indoor vegetable garden, careful consideration needs to be taken for things such as temperature, pollination, and light requirements.
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