Tips for a Healthy Vegetable Garden
The healthiest and best way to save money in today economy is to plant a garden for you and your family. Fruits and Veggies can get expensive, but with a little time and effort you can have a garden full of your favorites at a fraction of the cost and very little work. In fact, you’ll probably end up with more than you can possible eat in a season which then leads to canning and freezing for future use, saving you even more money!
Most vegetables need between 6 and 8 hours of sunlight,quick growers like lettuce and radish can be grown between the rows of plants that take longer to mature, like beet or corn, thus making full use of the area available.
Throughout dry periods, vegetable gardens need extra watering. Most vegetables benefit from an inch or more of water each week, especially when they are fruiting.
During the growing season watch for insects that will eat up your crops and kill plants. If you discover a bug problem early it will be a lot easier to get rid of them, but be careful not to use pesticides once the vegetable are close to being picked unless it becomes absolutely necessary. Organic gardening is one healthy and environment-friendly option. Once you have reaped your crop, put the vegetable waste into your compost pile so that it can be recycled for next spring.
It is important to protect your vegetable garden from wild animals looking for a tasty treat. Make sure your garden is surrounded by a fence that will keep out dogs, rabbits, and other animals. The harm done by wandering animals during one season can equal the cost of a fence. A fence also can serve as a frame for peas, beans, tomatoes, and other crops that need support.
All of this work will be payed back 10 fold with a season full of delicious and healthy veggies and fruits!