Adding a corner in your garden dedicated to herbs and vegetables is a fun, innovative, and exciting aspect all at the same time. Whether you are looking to plant a small garden or even add a little spice to your patio or backyard we have the tips and tricks for you! Growing vegetables and herbs is much easier than you would expect, even for those who simply have a balcony, it’s possible! Not only will this give a great hobby in these trying times but they function as a great way to change up your lifestyle and landscape of any kind.
The recommended size to start your vegetable garden at is 10×10 feet, the size of course, can be smaller but then your selection will have to be smaller too. With this size we suggest you pick five types vegetables to grow, and 2 or 3 types of herbs which you can actually even keep in pots. This also limits your time needed and spent in the garden as the bigger the garden the bigger the commitment. For those of you who wish to grow your garden on your balcony you can use containers or pots of any size per plant. The truth is that these small gardens will produce more produce than a bigger garden that has more weeds.
Growing What You Enjoy
Ask yourself a few questions: what do you enjoy eating? What flavors do you enjoy? What herbs do you use most? These are the flavors you should incorporate in your garden and then add a little mint because the smell is truly incredible. It is also a good idea to plant cool and warm weather crops because then you will have continuous product through all the seasons. Spring crops include lettuce, peas, radishes, carrots, and broccoli. Summer crops include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and all herbs. Autumn crops are usually potatoes, cabbage, and kale to name a few. We highly suggest planting vining crops as it creates a vertical aesthetic to your garden.
Protection And Resistance
These are the best ways to ensure your garden not only survives but that it produces edible produce. Firstly, keep pets and animals out of your garden space. If you have rabbits nearby this means that you need a fence that penetrates 6 inches through the soil. If you have insects and caterpillars you should first pick them off if there are only a few but if a lot then insecticides and sprays will need to be used. Fighting fungus is done by watering the soil and not the leaves of a plant. If you see a dying or diseased plant it is very important to instantly pick it and throw it away. When we say throw it away in the trash far away not in your soil or compost. There are also specific plants you can plant to ward off disease and bugs which is an effective and natural way to rid any chance of deterring your new garden.