Vegetable gardening can be an enjoyable household chore. It is also considered an art that enhances the gardener’s creativity and lifestyle. It can be a family bonding activity.
10 Hassle-Free Tips To Succeed In Vegetable Gardening
Achieving an Abundant Harvest in Vegetable Gardening
Understanding some basic techniques and trying new things, tips, and methods contribute to successful vegetable gardening. Planning your gardening properly and using some necessary tools can save you money and make things easy in gardening.
GrowVeg shares some useful and easy vegetable gardening tips that can turn your gardening skills to the next level. These effortless tips ensure a successful vegetable gardening that you have always dreamed of.
1. Use a Garden Tool as Measuring Stick
Turn your long-handled tool into a measuring stick. You can opt to use a hoe or garden fork handle.
Use a tape measure as a guide. Place it next to the stick. Using a permanent marker, put the measurement marks on the handle.
You can have a measuring stick ready whenever you need to equally space the plants at a particular distance.
2. Create Plant Labels
When you are using a plastic label, you can erase the old label using sandpaper. The sandpaper can remove the permanent marker and reuse the plastic label. The new label can last for years.
- Use a clean yogurt plastic pot or any plastic bottle. Cut it into strips to make plant labels.
- Old broken tiles can also be used as plant labels.
- Smooth flat stones of different sizes can also be used as plant labels. They give a more natural look in your vegetable garden.
3. Use Pots as Frost Jackets
Terracotta plant pots can be used as a warm jacket compared to a light frost. Turn them upside-down and place one over your seedlings.
4. Use Your Hands as Pest Control
When the aphid season comes, many gardeners use their fingers to squish the tiny insects flying over the plants. The other hand can be used to blast them off with jets of water. However, this can be tedious and consumes a lot of water.
Use your hands in a not-so-messy way, here’s how:
- Wrap a wide strip of tape around your hands. Packing tape is fine. Make sure the sticky side is out.
- Pat the leaves of plants infested with aphids. Locate the undersides of the leaves where they are most likely hiding.
- You can also use companion plants that aphids love like nasturtiums. These plants can lure them away from your main crops. The companion planting flowers that attract beneficial insects can eat aphids and other pests.
5. Make a DIY Water Reservoir
It is essential that you have a water reservoir, especially when you are in a hot area or the crops are exposed to a fully sunny spot in your vegetable garden. You will observe that thirsty plants such as cucumbers and tomatoes can dry out quickly, reducing the crops’ freshness.
To prevent this, create a homemade water reservoir out of plastic water bottles.
- Drill a few small holes into the water bottle cap to allow the water to get out gradually. Cut the bottom of the bottle.
- Use the upturned bottle into the pot or ground next to the plants. Leave an inch to the stick above the layer of the soil.
- Keep the bottle filled with water to provide the plants’ roots its required moisture.
6. Reuse Water
Reuse water from your kitchen. Once the water from boiled veggies has cooled, you can reuse it to water your vegetables or garden pots.
If you are using plant-based dishwashing detergent, the used water after washing the dishes can also be reused. Don’t reuse water after washing pots with dairy and meat.
7. Ensure Quicker Germination
Prepare your seeds by soaking them in lukewarm water overnight, then plant as usual. Make sure the ground is warm to prevent the seeds from rotting.
8. Create Your Own Biodegradable Pots
Beans and peas don’t like to have their roots disturbed, as well as other vegetable plants. The solution is to plant them in place and not to transplant them to another place.
Make an alternative solution by making your own pea and bean planters from cardboard tubes.
- Cut in three a long cardboard tube and about a third along the tube to make flaps.
- Push the flaps into the center and press to keep them in place.
- Fill in the cardboard tubes with potting soil then sow the seeds.
- To prevent the flaps from failing, store the tubes in a tray.
- When the seedlings are ready to be planted, sow them along with the tube as the cardboard can rot and the seedlings’ roots can grow.
9. Vertical Gardening for a Small Space
The best solution, if you don’t have enough space for your crops, is to grow them vertically. This gardening method is suitable for several vegetables that climb or trail.
They don’t require a big space. You can make vertical planters on the walls or fences. Another option is to use gutter.
Here’s how to do it:
- Cut to length and drill small holes along the length to allow water to drain and then attach the end caps.
- Use the recommended brackets and clip the guttering in place. Add a moisture-retentive growing medium.
- Plant with strawberries and salads or other plants that don’t mind the shallow soil. Keep the guttering planter’s water or you can also install drip irrigation.
10. Use a Garden Planner
Garden Planner software is a very helpful tool in gardening. It will help you choose what kind of plants to grow, when is the right time to sow and where to plant the crops.
It can help you decide on the right spacing of your crops to increase their productivity.
You can watch the full tutorial from GrowVeg via the video provided below:
Learning some tips and tricks in gardening can save time and effort. Using these can help you enjoy your vegetable gardening.
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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for quality and relevancy.