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Creating The Best Vegetable Garden Space


As you stand on your porch, looking out over the “lower 40″. Okay, if you’re a vegetable gardener, it’s most likely you don’t have a “lower 40,” and be happy you don’t. Agriculture is really a hard life, requiring farm gear, hired labour, chemical substances, and most likely a government subsidy, just to help keep it all going.

I for one remember all too well the long days and hard work growing up on a 100 acre farm. I also remember how Dad would be up for hours before us and would be in the barn working before we ever crawled out of our warm beds.

Home Vegetable Garden

Today Jenny and I have a little garden plot about 16×10 feet. We get the unbelievable taste of home grown vegetable but without all that hard work and pesticides that gave me such horrible migraines.

Develop fruit and veggies that functions very best in your soil and climate. Don’t bother with land intensive plants like corn, leave that towards the farmers. However, in many places you can develop ice box melons, cantaloupes, tomatoes, and other truck farm fruits.

Plan Your Vegetable Garden

Start off having a diagram of one’s garden plot. Account for as numerous variables in the diagram as possible. The space, the fencing required to keep out critters, the irrigation, how numerous and just how much of every type of veggie, decrease it all to paper. Figure in your terrain, and access to sunlight as important elements.

For example, because of the rockiness of the area, or the way it’s situated within the back yard, you might be better off thinking about two 5×5 plots, instead of 1 10×10. If there’s a boulder back there, you may be much better off attempting to function around it, instead of face the expense and labour in removing it.

I like to figure some component of my veggie plot is going to become in containers. Take tomatoes, everyone desires them, they are component of the salad duet of lettuce and tomatoes, they’re versatile for sandwiches, and some people eat them alone. But they may require more sun than the garden plot part of your property receives, and they might need to begin in containers anyway to keep them going. So what’s going to become in containers ought to be part of one’s diagram, too.

Determine what you want and how much of it you can devote to your garden plot. Half a row of carrots or perhaps a entire row? Will all the plants in my veggie plot deal with water the same? Simply because what I truly wish to do is lay the garden hose in one end from the plot and have it water every thing equally.

We have grown both melons and zucchini and soon found they threw runners to bear fruit. These runners make them take up a little extra space. Our second year we planted them separate from our vegetable garden.

You also don’t want these runners to wrap themselves around more delicate plants and strangle them. Maybe a separate region could be much better for them if available?

Fruit or root plants–tomatoes, and peppers, for instance, thrive in complete sun. But there are plenty of leafy plants including broccoli, beans, and cauliflower, that do well having a couple of hours of sun, and mostly shade. So, in the event you currently have trees in the yard that will form a all-natural shade canopy, and still let in the requisite amount of rays, think about planting these by the tree.

But don’t anticipate your veggies to grow in total shade.

Container Herb Garden

As with the containers, think outside the plot. Can I make use from the porch for an herb garden that grows in a box or two?

Taking the time to diagram the garden prior to planting, and to determine which parts from the yard or porch are best for which purpose, will save time and cash in comparison with trial and error methods.

After you have a diagram, you are able to refine it, or take it with you to the local nursery where the specialists can assist offer the seeds, tools as well as other gear very best suited for your veggie garden.


I have seen a number of different methods, as well as materials, used in staking tomatoes. I just love walking through our neighborhood here in Moncton to see what others do in their home gardens.

I’ve given a few of them a try and found that some do tend to work better than other methods.

Here Are A Few Methods of Staking Tomatoes

I have found the smaller kinds of tomato plants known as determinate are only staked to give some support to the main stem to prevent them breaking under the weight of the tomatoes. Larger tomato varieties are always staked early in the growing process in our home garden.

When I started growing tomatoes I didn’t see the need for stalking tomatoes. That idea went out the window real quick. Here are some of the reasons it’s wise to stake tomato plants.

  • Keep the tomato vine from contact with the soil
  • It’s easier to get at any weeds under your tomatoes
  • You can add fertilizer to the soil without fear of burning the plant
  • I can get at the tomatoes a lot easier if they aren’t in a big pile
  • Pest control is much easier
  • Elbow room and air flow is better

There are some who believe NOT staking tomatoes is a better way to go. Some feel it’s better to let the tomato plant sprawl along the grounds so it can do more rooting for better growth. I prefer to have my tomato plant and fruit off the ground.

Four Staking Tomatoes Methods

  1. We have used a single stake which we put in the ground early to avoid damaging any of the much needed root system. This method is the one I see the most and is likely why I choose to use it. We like to put the stake about a foot away from the starter tomato plant so that it’s in the right position as it grows.
  2. We have wire cages that entered the picture later. When we bought the home we have now we found about a dozen wire cages that had been used for perennials, we decided to use them for our tomato plants and loved them. They need to be placed in position early so as not to damage the tomato plant later when it’s bigger.
  3. While on one of my walks through town I saw a method for staking tomatoes that caught my eye because it looked like it had been used for hundreds of years. This method was using tree branches to make a tee-pee looking thing. I loved it and now it’s all I want to use, just because it looks so cool.
  4. You could even use a trellis as long as you have it fixed in position. We have a huge trellis that goes along the south side of our garage and we are going to use it to grow tomatoes this year and see how that works.

The only thing that I had to really pay attention to, other than NOT destroying the root ball, was to tie the tomato plant to the stakes. I hope Jenny didn’t mind me using her nylon stocking for ties.

My first time around I tied them too tight and had a couple of branches snap off in the wind. I learned that I needed to give some slack when tying so this doesn’t happen.


Reasons You Should Plan Your Vegetable Garden


There are many different types of gardens. Some people create backyard gardens, others build back yard gardens Well kept up gardens are pleasing visually and are often fragrant too. Herbal gardens provide fresh spices for cooking and salads.

Solutions and ideas abound for ways to build your garden. Container gardens are growing in popularity all the time. With container gardens you can often move the container around as needed to get more sunshine or more shade. Raised bed gardens make it easy to create gardens in set, confined areas. Weeding is a part of gardening. It’s often easier to weed container gardens and raised bed gardens than in ground gardens.

Often people skip the planning stage all together and just dive right into building out their garden. You can clear a plot of ground and amend the soil to create a simple garden.

Spending time creating a garden design usually gives the best results. Having a garden design really helps if you are going to a greenhouse or garden store to buy your plants. Taking care of your plants is easy if you can easily get at them. Your garden design will help you figure this out before you actually plant.

Figuring out how much sun and shade your plants need is easier with a garden layout. If you put plants that grow tall in front of shorter plants that require sun and end up blocking the short plants from the sunlight you will stunt the growth of the shorter plants.

Some plants grow well together and some do not. Those that do are called companion plants. Some plants like onions and strawberries are complementary, or companion plants. Plants like spinach and potatoes should not be planted near one another. Determining the best placement for good and bad companion plants is much easier when using a garden design.

Different varieties of seeds sprout in different amounts of time. Radishes for example germinate in as little as 4 days and can be harvested in 25 – 35 days. If you have planted radishes in a vegetable garden, what will you want to plant when you harvest your first batch?

Making a garden plan helps you answer this and many other things that will come up in the course of each garden. Using a plan will let you get a jump start on your garden next year.  You will be ready to plant as soon as the threat of frost is gone.