How to grow high-quality veggies every time
Do you find that your produce can be temperamental? Some years you are sprouting vegetables like no tomorrow, and other years you could compare your veggie patch to a barren wasteland?
There's no need to feel any shame at all! So many people have similar experiences, but with a few simple changes when it comes to planning their gardens, they can have an abundance of vegetation all year round.
Some of these include:
Sunlight is a must
Unlike your indoor plants or your outdoor florals, vegetable CRAVE constant sunlight. So, when you're planning where to plant them, you must find a spot that receives at least 6 hours of light a day. You can usually determine this by checking on specific patches in your yard every hour or so from sunrise to see where the sun hits for the majority of the day.
More than that, it's vital that you don't block access to sunlight. Make sure that you plant your tall, pole and twine plants, such as tomatoes or corn, away from the sunrise so they don't block the sun's reach of smaller bushes and shrubs.
Don't use too many pesticides
None of us wants to home unwanted pests in our garden, but trying too hard to remove them, especially when they are posing no threat, can do more harm than good. While pesticides are made to protect your plants, using them too often can dry out your vegetation and negatively impact their final quality and taste.
Where you do want to use pesticides, I highly recommend opting for a natural chemical-free solution. We recently posted a blog about saying no to chemicals that can help you develop at-home remedies to keep bad bugs away.
Don't overwater your vegetables
While humans need 2-3 litres of water per day, your vegetables certainly do not! In fact, your vegetables only need about 25mm of water per week.
Most people see a shrivelled or dry-looking vegetable and immediately think it needs more water. However, this is usually quite the opposite. The reason for this is that your plants, like us, need oxygen. And with too much water on their roots, they aren't able to breathe properly.
If you're not sure how much water you're giving your plants, measuring the capacity of your watering can and dividing this by your number of plants can give you a general idea.
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