Vegetable Gardening Tips & Tricks
Growing ripe and juicy veggies doesn’t come naturally to all of us, and we could all use a little advice and pointers when it comes to starting our own very rewarding gardening journey. Here are a just a few tips and tricks from Rajah that will hopefully guide new gardeners towards becoming a pro!
There are no magical techniques to starting a garden as it is all a process of trial and error, patience and applying regular TLC. At their beginning stages, plants rely heavily on oxygen from the soil and food reserves from the seed which is why it’s very important that your soil is properly prepped in order to aid the germination process. You should always use a light-textured potting medium in which to start growing seeds, and be careful not to over-nurture by over-watering as this can cause seeds to rot instead of grow.
It is best to slowly get your plants used to the outside environment in order to prevent shock. A couple of hours of sunlight in the first few days is more than enough and after the first week, the plants can gradually be exposed to more sunlight until they are ready for the big, permanent move.
If you have chosen autumn in which to start gardening, be careful of stink bugs as they can wreck your garden if not managed properly. They are mobile pests that can move from plant to plant, and thrive in fruits, citrus, peppers and various types of beans.
Using cooled water from boiling or steaming your vegetables is the perfect way to not only reduce your water usage but to also provide valuable nutrients that will aid your potted plants. In order to save money on expensive commercial compost or fertilizer, you may need to recycle garden waste and organic kitchen waste. This creates great compost for the garden and this waste serves as excellent soil conditioner.
Part of maintaining a tomato garden means that you will need to keep an eye out for long branches that are not flowering or producing fruits. If you do identify any of these branches, it is best to remove them as this allows the plant to focus its energy and nutrients on the branches that are productive, which eventually leads to larger and more flavourful fruit.
A fun and convenient addition to your kitchen might also be growing herbs in your window. Most herbs thrive in this setting and you will always have herbs fresh and handy, plus they add a nice touch to the house!
We hope that these tips have given you enough help as you embark on your journey towards organic gardening and that they will help in avoiding any nasty surprises.
Once your garden bears fruit, and you are looking to use them in your recipes, be sure to search for delicious recipes that are packed with flavourful and aromatic spice.