Vegetable Garden Basics

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The most important thing when it comes to a garden is the location. Depending on what you are growing, this will determine if you need a space that is full sun or partly shaded. Most cold crops do well in partial shade, while fruit or vegetable bearing plants need full sun.

Plant taller crops such as corn against the North side of your garden to make sure your corn doesn’t shade the rest of your garden.

corn location

There are many different methods to go by when gardening. Here are the basics.

#1 Test your soil

#2 Correct your soil with the proper amendments

#3 Fertilize early with aged cow manure

#4 Plant

For me I find it easiest to plant and experiment. If it doesn’t work, I research why it did not work. I suppose I could sit here and spend the rest of my life planning the perfect garden, but I am a doer.

The west side of this garden contains partial shade loving plants such as beets, brussel sprouts, kale, lettuce, potatoes, and spinach. While the East side of the garden contains sun loving plants such as asparagus, corn, eggplant, peppers, squash, tomatoes, and watermelon.
Mint is a favorite of mine but I can’t stand how it spreads everywhere. One trick I have learned for planting mint in your garden, is to plant it inside of a 1 gallon pot about 4 inches above the ground so it does not spread.mint

As for plant specific fertilization I have worked holly-tone under and around the blueberries, 10-10-10 fertilizer and a 2″ layer of aged cow manure under the asparagus, and strawberries.

Lets get serious. This garden is 48′ x 48′, with this comes my fear of weeds. To minimize the weeding on the walking paths I have placed a double layer of weed blocking fabric covered with cedar mulch.

cedar mulchOnce the season is over I will roll up the mulch and remove it from the garden. Cedar mulch takes years to compost.

My next steps are to fine tune the watering pattern, create proper supporting structures  out of bamboo for all of the plants that require them, plan for the next fertilization, and bug control. I just placed an order on Amazon for 4,500 live lady bugs . One lady bug can eat 50 to 60 aphids per day and also eat many other harmful bugs and larvae.

 

In the interim I will be weeding at least three times a week so that they don’t sneak up on me. I plan on researching some other natural weed preventing methods and test different ones in different areas of the garden.

This garden will be one of my primary hobbies this summer until harvest time comes, then I will be in the kitchen bringing you lots of new recipes. Here’s to a successful season!

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