Planning a Vegetable Garden for a More Rewarding Harvest

There has been a real push to lessen our environmental footprint over the past few years and become more aware of the foods we eat and put into our bodies. Farm to table options have blown up in popularity and sparked a new generation of home gardeners looking to produce a harvest. There are many things to consider when planning a vegetable garden. You need to make sure that you reward each plant with proper space, access to sunlight, and more. Understand proper garden planning with this helpful guide. It won’t be long until you get your reward with an incredible harvest.

Choose Only Your Favourites to Start With

If you are planting a new garden, make sure to show a little restraint and stick to just a few items. It can be very tempting to want to grow all kinds of things but, as you’ll see, gardening for beginners can be time-consuming and even a bit confusing, so picking only a few items will make things easier.

When choosing your favourites, think about which ones you will use the most often in your cooking, which taste best, which ones cost the most to purchase at the market, and which will provide the most return (the quantity grown).

If you are going to start with a small garden, a few varieties that tend to do well include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Chard
  • Radishes
  • Bush beans
  • Squash
  • Beets

Think Ahead and Keep Insects at Bay

Insects can be a real problem in gardens, ruining all your crops before you have a chance to respond. Seasoned gardeners know there are a few tips that can help to prevent insects from destroying your vegetables. Did you know some plants will attract insects that are beneficial to your garden? These will control the pests you don’t want, so encouraging helpful insects is wise. Some of the plants you can mix in with the vegetables include daisies, marigolds, chamomile, calendula, comfrey and clover.

Also, don’t concentrate crops in one area; instead, make sure to mix them up. For example, if you are planting a bunch of tomatoes, be sure to break them up instead of placing them in one area only. This should factor into your garden layout. You’ll also want to stay on top of insect control, making sure you are looking for any red flags.

Create a Garden Layout Plan

Speaking of garden layout, it’s important to have a plan for all the items you plant. You need to take into consideration the soil, sun/shade factor, drainage, how much space to give each plant, what works well near to each other and how it will look as the items mature.

This vegetable gardening guide is meant to help you get started with a harvest that you’ll be able to enjoy all season long. As you get more comfortable with growing your crops, you can look to expand the size of your garden and the variety of items you plant.

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