Planting your own vegetable garden has several advantages, and an increasing number of gardeners are discovering how enjoyable it can be to plant and grow their own vegetables. One big advantage is that it is easier and more realistic to tend to a smaller patch of vegetables without having to use potentially harmful pesticides.This also means that the vegetables you grow are typically healthier than those purchased in your local store. Simply picking your own vegetables as and when you need them also eliminates the need to refrigerate or store your vegetables for a long period of time, meaning everything is always fresh and tasty. If you are trying to shop on a budget, it will almost certainly cost less for you to eat vegetables grown in your own garden, than those you buy.
Rather than simply growing just one type of vegetable, rotating crops on a regular basis makes the most sense, and can prevent the build-up of diseases in the soil, as well as preserving the soil’s nutrients. Many successful vegetable gardeners will advise you to rotate rather than plant just one crop.
Certain vegetables are more compatible with each other than others, when it comes to growing them in a vegetable garden, meaning that some initial research is essential. This will allow you to accurately identify those vegetables that can be rotated together, and those that shouldn’t be mixed. A few examples of successful vegetable mixing are leeks, onions, and shallots grown together, cucumbers, melons and squash planted in the same area of soil, and sprouts, kale and cabbages grown alongside each other.
Pest control in your vegetable garden is also a lot easier and more effective, if you plant together vegetables of the same family, as the same pests tend to affect these vegetables.
However, there are some vegetables that should not be rotated and should be planted separately, such as perennial vegetables, including rhubarb and asparagus. Rotating your semi-annual and hardier vegetables each year is advisable, and this will ensure that the same bed is home to a different family of vegetables over a four-year period. Depending on how much available space you have for your vegetable garden, an ideal setup would be to have your non-rotating perennial plants in one bed, and have four beds for your plants that are rotated every four years.
Even if you love cucumbers, you may not want to have too many of them in the same season, and to avoid that, it is recommended to spread out the varieties of vegetables that you plant. One of the pleasures of a vegetable garden is to be able to enjoy a variety of different vegetables and to make that happen, you will need to plant different types of short season vegetables during the growing season.
Some initial research is essential if you want to grow your own vegetables in a vegetable garden, and enjoy fresh and delicious vegetables when you want them. Firstly, determine how much space you have available for your vegetable garden, which will determine whether you can rotate your plants. You will also need a basic grasp of which plants will thrive when grown together, and which should be kept apart.
All of this will ensure that you have healthy plants, as you will be growing them in soil that is full of nutrients. It will also mean that you can enjoy a variety of vegetables during the planting season, and just as importantly when it is time to eat them.