Imagine if you could cook the food with vegetables produced in your backyard. You don’t have to go to the market to get the vegetables, but just walk a few steps to your garden, and there you have – fresh vegetables available for you! Sounds fascinating, isn’t it?
Terrace gardening or organic gardening is quickly catching up in the urban areas – thanks to the preserved vegetables and high prices.So, what is it to have a vegetable garden? How is it different from your regular flower garden?
If you’re interested in growing vegetables in your balcony or garden and don’t know where or how to go about it, this post is for you.
You need to work on these things as your steps for preparation for starting a vegetable garden.
It is a crucial step in organic gardening. Deciding on the place where you wish to grow is necessary. How much space do you want to reserve? Where would you like to grow – in the ground or the containers? How much time will you be able to spend in this every day? How long do you wish to become? What is the type of plants?
Answer all these questions before you start.
Unlike regular gardening, you would need a bit of investment for growing vegetables. The essential equipment and the compost would cost you some money although it is not very high. Plan on the budget that you would be willing to shell out for the garden.
3. Pest control measures
Do an essential study on the type of the compost or fertilisers that you need. The pests including worms, animals and insects can destroy the vegetables in no time. So think prior, about a right way to tackle pests.
If you intend to grow the plants in containers, then appropriate pots/growbags are needed for the best yield. Also, include the planters and possibility of going for a vertical garden if you are planning to do in the balcony space.
It is the most vital of all that decides the yield of the vegetable plants. Know where your garden is going to come up – its direction, the amount of direct sunlight it receives and if any additional lighting conditions are needed.
How to choose the vegetables?
Once you worked upon all the above aspects, half of your job is done! Now, how do you decide which ones you want to try?
Since you are just going to start, begin with the plants that are less risky. Or in other words, grow those vegetables that can produce maximum yield without any additional care.
Tomatoes, Radish, Lettuce, green chillies, coriander, onion, Eggplant – these plants grow in a relatively all places and can give a good yield even if you go wrong in a few things while building them.
How to maintain?
Once you begin to grow, have a fixed schedule for watering and compost. Do not load the soil with excess water in the beginning. Start with sprinklers and gradually increase watering. You would be needing to change the ground after a couple of months depending on the vegetables you grow. Notice the time for harvest and get the vegetables when it is time.
Start experimenting now! Grow your vegetables and be a proud gardener!