A friend asked me for 27 more tips from a master gardener. I thought she was asking me for a tip for a fruit and vegetable garden. But, actually, it’s a vegetable garden I’m talking about. The friend lives in Ohio and the Gardener in her family has taken over her land. She has now been looking forward to having the vegetable garden for a long time.
Her first question was what type of vegetable garden she wanted to build. I had to admit that I wasn’t going to tell her what vegetable to grow because she already knew the answer to that question. However, I did tell her that tomatoes were her favorite vegetable. I also told her that I thought the peppers she grew were great.
Then I gave her some advice on how to make her garden a bit more attractive. That’s when I learned that her soil was sandy and the plants growing there needed that. So, instead of her having to add compost to her soil, she should take a couple of bags of topsoil to the library and add some topsoil to the holes in her garden beds. Topsoil makes your soil less acidic. Adding topsoil can be expensive but if you have a nice area where you can do a transplant then that’s a cheap way to improve the soil.
Another thing she noticed that bothered her vegetable garden was that her flowers didn’t seem to like the shade. It turned out that she wasn’t putting down enough shade for her plants to get all the sunlight they needed. Shade is critical to most plants. So, she was making sure to do that right.
Her vegetable garden also needed a lot more fertilization. Her soil was fine-toothed and didn’t need much fertilizer. Her flowers, however, needed fertilizer. So, she was applying manure, which is very nitrogen-rich, to her soil. There was nothing wrong with using manure – she had been doing that for years – but she wanted to add some more fertilizer.
When it comes to planting vegetables, a gardener needs to know how much time a variety of plants will need to grow to have the color, texture and flavor of their favorite variety. Planting too many varieties or too many at the same time is a mistake. You want the garden to have uniform height and color, not uneven. It’s always best to plant all your vegetables together in the same bed or in a row. Then, after they’re planted, you can work in smaller sections of your garden.
One thing about growing a vegetable garden is that it requires a lot of watering. It’s very hard on the roots if you over water them. It’s especially important not to let them go thirsty. This could damage the roots and cause them to die. Always water them early in the morning and again late in the evening.
If you find yourself with a vegetable garden but no plants of any kind, don’t despair. You can always start out with a flower garden. Flower gardens don’t require a lot of work other than a little more attention to the flowers’ health. They’re easier to care for and yield better results than vegetable gardens, even if you do use manure. And it’s easier to get a nice, even look if you start out with a flower garden.
A problem some people have with their gardens is that the plants’ health sometimes suffers. It may have a fungus or pests eating away at it. The best thing you can do is treat it right away. If you do this right away, you’ll avoid future problems before they happen.
Planting too many types of flower or vegetable can also create problems for your garden. If you only plant one or two, the rest will try to take over. And the growing season won’t be nearly as great as it could have been. Make sure you only plant what will actually grow and continue to do so. Keep your plants healthy by providing the proper nutrition.
Gardening can seem like a difficult task, but it really isn’t. All it takes is a little know-how and some time. There are plenty of people who have learned how to be a better gardener and turn that into a money making career. The more you put into your garden, the more you will get out of it. So if you want to be an expert, all you have to do is look for a few more Master Gardener Secrets from a Master Gardener.