Here are a few steps to a successful garden!
1. Wisely use the H20-Vegetable plants need about 1 inch of water per week. How ever you choose to irrigate ( love that word since my husband is a master of irrigation!) make sure it's at the soil level. The point is to keep the foliage dry to help lessen the chance of diseases. The best way is using soaker hoses or drip irrigation lines. When using these types of irrigation it helps distribute water evenly and slowly to the roots. Now water to your hearts content!!!!
2. Give'm Some Sun-Vegetable plants love'm some sun. They actually thrive best in full sun. The best location would be a place that gets at least 6 hours of sun each day. While planting think of putting corn, tomatoes or pole beans on the north or west side, so they do not shade the smaller plants.
3. Feel Your Dirt-The perfect mix of soil will bind together when squeezed by hand, but will break apart when disturbed. Veggies like soil with lots of compost with organic matter---which includes, yes I'm about to say it...Manure! Remember the more microorganisms the better food your plants will be getting.
4. Shoo Fly, Don't Bother
5. To Fertilize or Not to Fertilize-The 1st word on the package would be Nitrogen and it promotes plenty of lush and green plants but can and will decrease fruit production. Any excessive fertilizer can harm plants and soil. So, it's a judgment call on the gardeners behalf!
How easy are these? These few and easy steps will help you get the best results from your veggie garden. Why not get your hands a little dirty and by-pass the produce section at the grocery store during the summer. There's nothing better than going out to your own garden and picking fruits and veggies for breakfast or dinner. Gotta love that!
I'll be talking kitchens tomorrow!