Fed Up Of Vegetables That Never Grow Well? Here’s Where You’re Going Wrong!
We all love the idea of being self-sustainable. It would be brilliant to live in a world where we can generate our own power and grow our own food. In fact, more people are managing to do that already. However, most of the world still relies on third parties to supply us with energy and food.
You are no doubt reading this blog post because you want to grow more of the food you eat. And you want to spend less of your money at the supermarket. The trouble is; growing vegetables takes a lot of time. Still, the results are well worth it!
It’s also probable you are here because you’ve not had success with growing vegetables so far. Are you fed up of wondering where you are going wrong? Let me help you determine the answer to that question! The following are some examples of the typical mistakes DIY vegetable growers make:
You forgot to prepare the soil
Believe it or not, some people assume you don’t need to worry about the soil. They feel all you need to do is dig a small hole to sow some seeds. If only life were that easy!
First of all, it makes sense to test the soil to ensure it has the right pH balance. Second, it should get tilled so that it is loose. And, third, some fertilizer needs to get mixed in to give your vegetables a fighting chance.
You are watering the crops too little or too much
We all know that water is crucial to life for all living organisms on Earth. Too little of it can mean that vegetables won’t be able to survive. And too much of it can be a bad thing too.
You should research how much water your plants need so they can bear the vegetables you want to grow. It might also be worth investing in a sprinkler or irrigation system that works on a timer. That way, you won’t need to worry about forgetting to water your crops.
You aren’t protecting your vegetables from pests
All kinds of creepy-crawlies live in your garden. They will often try to eat the vegetables you are growing! It’s important you do what you can to protect your crops from those pests.
One example is to house them in a greenhouse. Places like Southwest Greenhouses can help you choose the right one for your needs. A non-fixed alternative is to cover your vegetables with fine netting. Doing so protects them from flying pests.
Other solutions include fitting copper barriers around the base of your plants. It’s useful if you want to deter snails and slugs from eating plant leaves.
Your vegetables aren’t getting enough light
Sure, that unused but dark patch of the garden might seem ideal for growing some things. Still, if there isn’t enough light shining down, your vegetables won’t thrive.
I recommend checking out the Harvest to Table blog. There’s an article on there that lists the plants that thrive in shaded areas. Otherwise, you may need to cut down some nearby trees to enable more light to shine through your garden.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s article. Feel free to comment if you’ve any suggestions you’d like to add!