Sometimes staying home and cooking dinner is better than going out, especially if you have a vegetable garden and you need to save money. Growing your own vegetable garden will also allow you to experiment with different ingredients however you want.
If you’re just about to grow your own vegetable garden or you’re merely a beginner, then here are six useful maintenance tips for you:
Study the different types of soil
Depending on its type, the soil has different watering needs. However, you don’t have to study this part strenuously. You just need to know that you have to loosen the soil around the plants so that the nutrients and water can reach your plants quicker. Also, an inch or two inches of protective layer made of mulch on the surface of the soil should be used.
The best type of soil is the loam soil. It’s comprised of clay, sand, and silt. This kind absorbs water readily and stores water for the plants too.
If you have clay soil, then add organic material (like peat moss or compost) to it. To loosen clay soil, till it as well. This type absorbs water particularly slowly, so water as fast as the ground absorbs the liquid.
The last type is sandy soil. You’ll need organic material to supplement this kind. If you don’t add organic material, the water will run rapidly, preventing plants from absorbing it.
Clean your tools
Whatever gardening tools you’re using, the best way to keep your vegetable garden clean and healthy is to disinfect the tools. Doing so will prevent infections and diseases away from your garden.
Get rid of weeds
Use a trimmer to control weeds. Remember that they harbor insects and diseases, and they also compete with your plants when it comes to getting water and nutrients.
Cut nearby branches and limbs that are too long
To make sure your vegetables are the only ones that can absorb the nutrients, trim branches that are near your plants. While you’re at it, cut hard-to-reach limbs using a pole saw.
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Cut out the deads
As soon as your plants start to bloom, you’ll naturally find dead blooms on them. Remove them using durable gardening pruners (don’t forget to disinfect it first). Doing so will give new blooms some space and increase the production of your plant.
Water the right way
No matter the plant is, you should know that you shouldn’t drench the plant with water. Watering the entire plant will give diseases an opening. Water directly to the roots and avoid getting water on the foliage or bloom of the plants. Lastly, avoid using overhead watering systems. Instead, use soaker hoses.