It is often said that timing is pivotal and I couldn’t agree because timing is everything in the case of vegetable gardening. Determining the time for harvest and for seeding is equally important. However, it is equally important to learn that your work does not end after sowing the seeds in the soil. You see, you also have to ensure whether the harvest will be happy or heartbreaking.
Now, imagine harvesting a ton of vegetables in a 24 square feet land area. I am sure if you take care of your vegetables and nurture them with vital minerals, you will produce some of the tasty and beautiful vegetables. In my personal opinion, the secret to growing super healthy and productive vegetables is managing time and planning the strategies beforehand. So, here are some tips that will help you get ready for a spring vegetable garden.
Use raised beds for your plants
Soil is an integral part of vegetable growing. This is why you have to first build the soil. In other words, you have to build an organically rich soil that helps you pump maximum yields. Now, a deep and rich soil will help your vegetables grow extensive roots and, in turn, the soil will also provide nourishment to the deeply embedded roots. As a result of which you will get a productive and healthy growth above the ground. And the good news is, you can get the same fertile soil by raising beds.
Interestingly, raised beds to have a more productive yield. Raised beds also mean that you get a loose soil with efficient space for vegetables to grow. Als, when you raise beds the plants grow close to each other. This means that you don’t have to spend time weeding and closed space will allow you to water and harvest the plants more efficiently.
Round the soil to form an arc
Before you raise beds also keep the shape of the beds in mind. You see, to create efficient space in the beds you have to round the soil. In other words, you have to build a bed that is five feet wide across its base but the process of rounding should give you a 6-foot-long wide arc on the top. Although you will notice that it will not make much difference to the eyes and you will wonder, it still looks the same. However, if you multiply the extra foot with the length of the bed and see how many extra vegetables you can plant.
Imagine you gave a 20-long-foot bed. Now, if you mound the soil in between it will increase the area from 90 to 110 square feet. This means that you have achieved 20 percent more planting area. So, make sure you round the soil to increase the growing space.
Plant crops in a triangle formation
People often arrange their plants in a row formation. But little do they know that triangular formation will help you get more yield from individual beds. So, avoid planting in the square formation and instead focus on triangular planting. You see, this way you can fit more plants in the bed. Although, you have to keep in mind that extra close spacing will obstruct the plant to grow up to its optimum height. Because a tight space will cause the plant stress and they will become more susceptible to insect attacks.
Grow climbing plants
This technique works wonders for people who have a small garden. You see, if you grow vertically you will automatically create more space in your small garden. And the good news is, you can grow vining crops such as pole beans, tomatoes, melons, cukes, etc on straight fences and trellises. Not only this but when you grow vegetables vertically you save yourself a lot of trouble and energy. After all, vertical growth means that you can see the fruits growing faster and the cost of maintenance is very low.
Fruits and vegetables catch fewer diseases and upward growth improves the air circulation around the foliage. In my personal opinion, you can raise trellises against the bed using sturdy stands placed strategically across the bed. And if it is something that you are can’t do yourself, then look for professional help. Many gardeners use an online portfolio builder and get their digital resume online. So, you can easily find professional help within budget.
Once you are all set, don’t forget to tie the veins to the trellis. This will help you secure the products and build thicker stems for heavy fruits and vegetables.
Plant compatible crops together
If you inter-plant different crops you will save a lot of space and the yield will be highly productive. You can follow the traditional Native American Combination, widely known as “Three Sisters”. This combination includes corn, squash, and beans. Now, corn plants can grow steadily supporting the pole beans. As far as the squash is concerned, it grows freely on the ground without weeding out the rest of the crop.