Any gardener knows that in order to grow healthy, beautiful vegetables you need to know a few things. A good vegetable garden needs to have good soil, an adequate amount of water, and plenty of sun. These 3 vegetable gardening tips will ensure that your vegetable garden grows the biggest, most delicious veggies you've ever had!
3 Vegetable Gardening Tips
#1. Amend Your Soil
Unless you have the perfect, moisture rich, good draining soil, you can't just plant vegetables directly into the ground without adding anything to it. Most areas are composed of clay or rocky hard soil, and so you need to amend your soil with good quality soil, compost, and fertilizers. Before you even think of planting anything, you first must analyze your soil. Depending on the area where you live, you'll need to do a little research on the type of soil you have. Unfortunately though, most areas don't have the perfect soil. Think of purchasing a good quality, compost rich soil, and make abundant use of mulch to retain moisture and prevent weeds.
#2. Make Use of Vertical Space
Most vegetables love to grow up, so maximize your space by growing your veggies up! Vegetables such as beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and many others grow much better when they're supported by a trellis or fence. Plus, you won't have to worry so much about weeds, insects, and soil rot. On top of that, you'll have much more space to grow other delicious vegetables.
#3. Companion Planting
Your plants need friends to grow big and healthy! Companion planting leads to an increase in vegetable yield, because many plants can share nutrients and add a ton of benefits for one another. For example, tomatoes and basil don't just go hand in hand in the kitchen – they love to be planted together. Consider planting basil around your tomatoes. Corn, beans, and squash, for example, are called the “three sisters” because they grow SO well together.