Have you always dreamed of having your own vegetable garden in your backyard, but never found the time to organise it?
Follow our simple 4 step guide to find out just how easy it is to grow and maintain your own vegetable garden.
Step 1: Tools
The first and most important step in producing your own vegetable garden is to gather and organise your tools. Having the correct tools will ensure you get the job done with the least amount of hassle, in the shortest time frame – so you can spend more time picking what veggies you want to grow.
Many of these items are commonplace in the household, so you don’t have to spend a fortune at bunnings on the weekend.
We recommend the following list of tools to get your vegetable garden organised efficiently.
- Sun hat – always remeber to protect yourself from the harsh UV rays
- Gardening gloves – to protect your hands
- Trowel – for digging precise holes
- Shovel – digging larger holes
- Watering can/hose – simple source of water to keep your garden healthy and hydrated
- Wheelbarrow – to easily transport dirt, mulch, compost
- Rake – for evenly spreading mulch
- Shears – to delicately snip herbs or prune browning or damaged leaves
Step 2: Location
Regardless of where you choose to locate your vegetable garden, there are 3 key indicators that will determine it’s success – thanks to bhg.com
The majority of vegetables require approximately 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. If they don’t get enough, they are more inclined to disease or attack from insects. If you find your vegetable garden is getting too much sunlight (your veggies are burning or withering) you can always add a shade cloth to help throughout the harshest parts of the day.
If you are stuck for options and don’t have a place in full sunlight to develop your vegetable garden, choose vegetables that don’t require as much direct sunlight. Leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach are ideal.
This step goes without saying, but is crucial to the success of your vegetable garden. Most vegetables are not drought tolerant, so you’ll have to make sure they are thoroughly watered during dry spells. A simple soak on your watering days outside of these dryer periods will ensure your plants stay hydrated.
If you feel your veggies are looking a little sad, then it’s time to give them a water to promote their growth. The closer your garden is to the hose, the easier it will be to keep them looking and feeling their best.
A great garden starts with great soil. The majority of vegetables grow best in a moist, well drained soil that is rich in compost. If you’re unsure about any plants, a quick google search will give you a great range of information to ensure you’re looking after particular veggies as well as possible.
Step 3: Plants
Now you’ve decided on the location of your vegetable garden, it’s time to choose what fruit and vegetables you want to grow. This depends on the size of your garden and dietary requirements. If you’re unsure where to start, a packet of seeds from your local nursery is the perfect option.
Step 4: Pests
Now you’ve put in all the hard work, the last thing you want is for those pesky pests to get in there and ruin it all. To ensure the longevity of your vegetable garden, make sure you use the correct techniques to warn off any intruders. As they say, prevention is always better than cure. To try and keep on top of any damage to your garden, follow these steps – thanks to eartheasy.com.
- Pull out any weak plants
- Build healthy, organic soil full of compost
- Minimise insects by getting rid of weeds
- Keep foliage dry
- Disinfect infested plants by cleaning your tools
If you’re having issues with pests after following these steps, visit your local gardening store and ask the staff (or do your research beforehand) to investigate the best method to remove them from your vegetable garden.