04 May Vegetable Gardening Tips for Spring
Coronavirus has undoubtedly changed the way that all of us live our day-to-day lives at present. We feel for those who have been impacted by this virus and hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.
One of the best ways to boost your immune system is to incorporate fresh vegetables and fruit into your diet! And there is nothing better than homegrown because you can ensure that your veggies are chemical-free, it’s a great way to save money, and you can ensure that you always have a supply on-hand.
Because the virus has forced all of us to spend more time at home, there really is no better time to work on your spring vegetable garden than now. It’s a perfect project for families, including those with children. So, whether you’re a novice or expert, here are some tips!
Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Not all growing regions are created equal! So your first step is to figure out which growing zone you live in, which will help determine which kinds of plants will thrive. Take a look at this USDA agricultural resource for assistance: https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/.
How to Plant
Did you know that planting techniques differ for each crop? Some should be started indoors and transferred, whereas others can be started right in the ground or in your raised-bed planter. Your best bet is to start a small garden first with just a few plants. Planting depth, spacing, temperature, soil, and water all play a role, so you’re better off starting small and mastering a few crops before moving on to a more extensive garden.
All Types of Gardens
When you hear the term “vegetable garden,” a sprawling yard of raised-bed planters may come to mind. But there are all types of gardens, including those planted in pots on your patio or deck! Don’t feel like you need a huge backyard to accomplish your veggie garden dream. Perhaps a window box works well for your space! You can always increase your footprint next year if need be.
Consider Going Vertical
If space constraints have you second-guessing your garden, don’t forget about the vertical aspect! Vining vegetables like tomatoes, peas, squash, cucumbers, and zucchini can be trained up a trellis or fence. Vertical planting not only saves space but also allows for better air circulation to help keep plants healthy.
Find a Sunny Spot
Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of sunlight each day, so before you do anything, make sure you find the sunniest spot for your vegetable garden. This will help you with planning, giving you an idea of how much space you have to work with too!
We are human, so we get excited quickly, especially when tackling a new project! But experts say that overplanting is one of the biggest mistakes that people make when creating a garden. Plants need room to grow, and they also require differing maintenance. If you get too enthusiastic with your garden, your plants may suffer. So, start small and gradually expand as your green thumb improves.
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