For some reason, the idea of growing our own fruits and veggies has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Perhaps it is due to our love of organic foods? Perhaps it is due to our desire to eat healthily? Or, perhaps it is because money is tight? Whatever the cause, the idea of growing our own food has become extremely popular.
And, why shouldn’t it be? Being able to grow and harvest your own food is an incredible resource. Imagine harvesting more potatoes, tomatoes and carrots than you could carry from just a small vegetable plot. Wouldn’t that be fantastic? Well, believe it or not, it’s possible.
Massive yields of home grown vegetables are much easier to achieve than you might think. The secret behind them is taking the time to plan out your garden strategies in advance.
To help you grow the best vegetables and get the best yield from your garden, we have put together a guide below. To find out more, have a read of this.
Use good soil
Many expert gardeners agree that using good, nutritious soil is the key to producing high yields of homegrown fruits and veggies. A deep, rich soil will encourage the roots of the plants to grow longer and stronger and be able to reach more nutrients and water. This encourages extra growth above ground.
The best way to give your veggies access to that deep soil is to create raised vegetable beds. According to statistics, raised vegetable patches yield up to four times more vegetables than the same amount of seeds planted in rows in a flower bed.
Feed your plants naturally
While most soils do not require fertilizer, using it will help your veggies to grow faster and will give you better yields. Make sure that if you do feed your vegetables, that you only use natural fertilizers, like cow manure, for example.
If your soil is already incredibly rich, you might be best not to fertilize your vegetable patch. As it could do more harm than good and attract lots of pesky insects and critters.
Keeping your veggies alive during the winter
To help keep your vegetable patch safe from the cold weather, cover it over with old sheets and duvet covers. This will help to keep some of the cold weather away.
During the winter, the colder days, lack of sun and cold nights will most probably bring the growth of your plants to a halt. However, if you want to ensure that your veggies keep growing, then you can invest in LED grow lights for your vegetable patch. These will not only give your vegetables all the light they need to grow, they will also keep them warm and safe from any frost.
Adding a layer of mulch over the top of the soil surrounding your vegetable patch will help to reduce the growth of weeds. As well as helping to prevent fungal diseases affecting your veggies.
To keep your plants safe from weeds, around one to two inches of mulch is best. For best results, opt for organic mulch that breaks down and adds nutrients to the soil.