Finally, the risk of frost is long gone and it’s time to plant your own vegetable garden. Who says that growing your own garden in-ground has to be difficult? In fact, it couldn’t be easier – when you know how to do it! Here are some simple tips to help you maximize your results and have success in your garden this season.
What is the best location for my in-ground garden?
The vast majority of vegetable plants need a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day. It is therefore essential to choose a sunny spot on your property to ensure abundant harvests. To make life easier, make sure you have a water source nearby so you don’t have to trek back and forth each time your plants require watering. Looking for more tips and tricks on how to make your garden work? It’s over here.
Prepare the soil
For existing in-ground vegetable gardens
If your vegetable garden is already in place, you need to amend the soil to enrich it and give yourself the best chance for a bountiful harvest. To ensure that your vegetables and herbs have everything they need to grow healthily and produce in large quantities, you must plant them in quality soil. To do so, add a layer of SEA COMPOST or BIOFOR compost in the first 15 cm of existing soil to bring essential nutrients to the growth of your vegetables. Do this once a year, in spring or fall.
For new in-ground vegetable gardens
If you are creating a new vegetable garden area, you must first remove the lawn and any dead roots from underneath the area you wish to transform. Next, spread enough garden soil to bring the level of your garden above the surrounding soil to facilitate drainage and incorporate it into the existing soil. For best results, add SEA COMPOST to your GARDEN SOIL at a ratio of 1:4.
You can also create raised beds to plant your vegetables in. These mounds not only make it easier for you to move around when harvesting and maintaining your vegetable garden, but also facilitate the drainage of excess water.
Sow vegetables and herbs correctly
For some vegetables, you may prefer to plant seedlings. This is the case for beets, radishes, carrots, etc. It is important to know that not all seeds are the same; each vegetable has its own germination time and tolerance to cold. It is therefore essential to respect a sowing schedule. To know how to sow your vegetables, read the seed packet carefully. You will find all the information you need to know: the depth at which to sow, the distance to respect between the seeds, the expected germination time, etc. Everything you need to know is in there. Your garden center advisor is also an excellent source of information.
Planting vegetables and herbs properly
While putting plants in the ground is not rocket science, there are a few basic rules to follow to ensure that they grow well and stay healthy:
- Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and the same depth, so that the plant’s collar (the junction between the roots and the stem) is level with the ground or even a little above it.
- To facilitate rapid recovery, add Natural Fertilizer PLANT STARTER with Bone Meal to the bottom of the hole and around the root ball according to label directions. This fertilizer is rich in phosphorus and stimulates the biological activity of the soil, which promotes abundant and vigorous roots, the secret to strong and productive plants.
- Add 3/1 Vegetable Garden Planting Mix to fill in any remaining space and tamp lightly to hold plants securely. This rich blend of sphagnum moss and compost promotes rapid plant recovery and bountiful harvests.
- Water thoroughly.
- Every 3 to 4 weeks, fertilize your Natural Fertilizer for Vegetable Gardens to give your plants all the nutrients they need to produce plenty of delicious leaves, fruits and vegetables.
In addition to fertilizer and water in the right quantities and at the right time, your vegetable garden must remain in order to avoid problems. Don’t let weeds get in the way by removing them regularly. Also, prune your heavier plants so they don’t get tangled up and fall to the ground. Adding mulch to your vegetable garden can reduce weeding while ensuring that the soil stays moist longer, a clear benefit to both you and the vegetables. Choose a natural mulch that decomposes quickly, such as straw, grass clippings or dead leaves. In addition to helping you in the garden, these mulches nourish the soil by increasing microbial activity.
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