There are many benefits in creating your own organic vegetable garden in your backyard. Not only do vegetables from your own yard taste better than what you can buy in supermarkets, they also have higher levels of vitamins and minerals. If you are ready to create your own organic vegetable garden, here are some useful tips to help you get started.
Start Out Right
There is nothing more important to starting your own vegetable garden than knowing the basics. Read information as well as tips and advices in starting out an organic vegetable garden. Know what is the most perfect location for your vegetable garden, how to attract beneficial insects or make compost for your vegetable garden as well as choose the right vegetables for your garden. The goal is to familiarize yourself with organic vegetable gardening.
Choosing the Location
Vegetables need enough sunlight. So make sure you choose the sunniest and brightest spot in your yard. Your vegetable garden must be exposed to direct sunlight for 6 hours a day. If you do not have the space for a traditional vegetable garden, you can use raised garden beds as these make the soil warmer and provides you with a better drainage system, thus, helping you optimize your organic vegetable production.
Choosing the Vegetables to Plant
Rule of thumb: always plant vegetables that you and your family need and eat. Also, choose vegetables that are not susceptible to pest and disease. Know what vegetable varieties are good for your season and soil conditions. Choose easy to grow vegetables since you are just starting out. It is better to plant easy to grow vegetables like tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, lettuce, potatoes, broad beans, leeks and herbs. This will further encourage you to plant more vegetables and keep your enthusiasm in maintaining your organic vegetable garden.
Practice Successional Planting
Try to avoid planting the same vegetable season after season, as this will result in poor soil quality and could attract pests and diseases. A productive successional vegetable garden uses multiple varieties to ensure that plants are always growing in optimal conditions. It is common to use 3-5 varieties of tomato, lettuce, bean or broccoli over a year to ensure maximum production.
Many vegetables belong to the same family and planting vegetables of the same family in raised garden beds attracts pests, insects, and diseases which could lead to problematic pest and disease outbreaks. By practicing crop rotation or successional planting, you can not only reduce the risk of disease, but your vegetables can also get the optimum soil and conditions to thrive throughout the season.