If you’re looking for ways to build on your hobby list and educate yourself in something new, or perhaps you simply want to add more veg to your daily intake, then a vegetable patch is a great feature to add to your garden. Vegetable patches are ideal for growing your own produce, saving yourself money and also giving yourself some education on how to grow, when to grow and so on. Whilst a vegetable patch is relatively easy to create, it’s important to take all elements into consideration to ensure your setup is completed properly.
The Right Location
In order to receive the best results for your crops, you need to ensure your vegetable patch is positioned in the right location. The location needs to be light and airy, with plenty of direct sunlight throughout the day. If you choose a spot that is shadowed by trees or other plants, you’ll find that this will have a negative effect on your projects and may stunt the growth and progression. Vegetables thrive when soaking up sunlight, so the more sunlight you can expose your patch too, the better your veggies will be.
Preparing the Patch
Before you can start to grow any vegetables, you need to prepare your vegetable patch properly. Invest in some quality gardening tools, from a reliable retailer such as Two Wests and stock up on everything from a durable spade to vegetable labels. Break up the soil within your vegetable patch with your spade to help get rid of any remaining weeds that may be lurking in the depths. It’s important to remove any weeds from your vegetable patch, as they could get in the way of your vegetables and ruin their growth.
The soil at the Ready
You can’t have a vegetable patch without soil, so you need to make sure you have your soil ready and waiting. Soil is an extremely important element when it comes to a vegetable patch, as it helps you to arrange your plants and support them in their growth. If you add a little compost to your vegetable patch you’ll notice your vegetables will grow much stronger, resulting in more from each of your crops.
One mistake that many people make when setting up their vegetable patch is positioning the plants too close together. If you don’t space your seeds out enough, you’ll find that they grow too close together and potentially stop at a certain point. You don’t want your plants to be stunted, so spacing them out properly enables them to grow freely and properly to their full potential, without getting caught up in their neighbours.
From the moment you create your vegetable patch, there is a risk of pests invading the space. Pests are a nuisance and can cause many problems for your vegetables, so it’s important to tackle them from the offset and ensure you have them under control before you put hours into your gardening projects. Head to your local supermarket or gardening centre to stock up on the essential pest control products and have them to hand when working on your vegetable patch.
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