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A few tips to help get the best from your veggie garden
The most important Vegetable Gardening Tip
Don't get overwhelmed by the amount of information available. You don't have to do it all at once and you can start small. The following DIY tips for gardening should help you get started in no time!
Vegetable Gardening Tips for Newbies
If you are just starting out, start with a Herb Garden. Herbs are easy to grow and it's great to be able to add fresh herbs to your cooking.
Seeds (to get your Organic Vegetable Garden started)
Seeds can be coated with chemicals – look for organic seeds or a supplier that does not use chemicals (not all seed suppliers will be certified organic as this can be complicated and expensive), I use heirloom seeds, all packets are marked if they contain chemicals.
- Dry your seeds for next year – free seeds!
- Keep your seed packets: When you dry your seeds to use for next year the seed packet will give you all of the growing info you need.
- To get your seeds started – plant them in a toilet roll, when ready to plant in the garden you can plant the whole thing. The roll will decompose and you won’t disturb the roots of your new seedling. Put the rolls into a plastic container (with holes in the bottom for drainage) to hold them together.
Plan your Veggie Patch!
- Planning your veggie patch will save you a lot of time in the long run.
- If you have a sore back or it's too hard to dig into your soil, then Raised Bed Gardening is for you.
- Don’t assume if you see bugs that they are bad, you need good bugs in your garden. If you really must spray pesticides, get under the leaves. This is where the bugs normally hang out. Make sure you try an organic or home made pesticide.
- Retain that water – dig compost into your soil and mulch around your plants.
- Cut out plant name tags from ice cream containers and write the names with a permanent marker. (wish I’d done this for my cucumbers, or are they zucchinis?)
- Don’t plant tall plants where they will block the sun from the smaller plants when grown.
- Sunflowers are great for kids and will attract birds to your garden.
- Growing Tomatoes? Stake them. You can use Vertical Gardening for many plants to keep the plants off the soil and make more room in your veggie patch.
- Companion Planting is worth a try to keep your plants healthy, attract good bugs, deter bad ones and more.
Organic Weed Control
- Don’t use herbicides to control weeds – hoe or pull out by hand. Use boiling water or a vinegar spray (on weed only).
- If you have an area where the weeds are taking over, plant a ground cover to choke them out or mulch to suffocate them.
- Look after your organic garden soil, you need healthy soil to get healthy plants. Add compost, mulch, organic fertilizer or worms (or all 4!).
- There are many ways to compost. Compost is great for your soil and veggie garden and it reduces landfill, bonus!
- An organic mulch will add nutrients to your soil, keep in the moisture, keep out the weeds Don’t use fresh manure as a mulch, hot compost it or leave it for 6 months. Even then, for veggies, I’d add it to your compost and use the compost as a mulch.
No Room! Vegetable Gardening Tips for small spaces
- Plant dwarf fruit trees
- Use container gardening and grow some plants in pots
- Get a worm farm to eat your scraps (saves a large compost bin) and provide you with THE best fertilizer
Don't add your scraps to landfill
Chickens are great to add to an Organic Vegetable Garden. They'll eat your scraps and provide you with free range eggs.
If you don't want chickens then you'll need a worm farm if you have limited room or a Flower Pot Crafts are fun and make great gifts.
Sorry but I don’t have any Vegetable Garden Tips for how to get the kids to eat green stuff!