Growing your own vegetables for food is a remarkable experience. Imagine walking out to the garden and harvesting heads of purely organic, vibrant and crisp greens and whipping up a nice lunch salad. Whether you have a small backyard garden plot or a wide homestead space, you can have a high-yield vegetable garden. The trick is to plant them on raised beds, and to follow these easy steps.
Careful planning is crucial in growing vegetables. You have to take into account the timeframe that you have and how you are going to use up your planting space. If you are starting from seeds, February is the best time to germinate your seeds indoors. If you are starting from small plants, plant them four to six weeks after the last frost.
Raising Your Beds
Farm Force suggests that vegetables grow best on raised beds because you can easily improve the quality of your soil. To build an efficient raised bed garden, form your soil in three to four-foot-wide beds in any length your space allows. Make sure you place the beds not too close to mature trees because they can steal all the nutrients of the surrounding soil. You can enclose your bed with a frame made of wood or rock, or concrete for cooler climates. If you have pets or livestock, enclose it with an electric fence so they don’t mess up with your vegetables.
Building Up Your Soil
The trick to growing a high-yield vegetable garden is making the right soil mix. Loosely layer your bed with newspapers, compost, dry leaves and grass, sand, vermiculite and another layer of compost. Top it with a nice layer of mulch to conserve moisture and prevent weeds to grow. Moist the soil with water and compost tea before you plant your seeds or young plants.
Smartly space your seeds or young plants in geometric patterns in a way that they’re not too far apart or too crowded. On each row, plant herbs or ornamental flowers that repel bugs and insects. These plants act as natural insecticides. You can also make your own organic fertilizer by fermenting fruit or plant juice to boost your plants’ health. Build your own irrigation system or install a sprinkler to keep plants and beds moist. Attract helpful bugs, such as lady bugs, that feed on aphids by planting marigolds and nasturtiums.
If you spaced your plants correctly and you suppressed weeds and stopped bugs from eating your crops, you will have a lush, vibrant and healthy garden throughout the growing season. On top of the many benefits of raised bed gardening is that it lengthens the growing season, so you can have fresh and organic vegetables year-round.