February 22nd, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments
When planning a vegetable garden, there are three common mistakes you can easily make; overcrowding, ignoring nature and planting everything at the same time. In this post we are here to help you avoid all these vegetable gardening mistakes, before it’s too late!
Overcrowding – every now and again, any gardener can succumb to the temptation to try to grow more in the space they have. This could be due to seed packets having generous quantities of seeds, tempting the need to raise more plants than required. To begin with, they may appear to be growing perfectly well, but as plants reach their full size, the problems will start. Each plant’s root system starts to compete with its neighbours’ roots for water and nutrients. These plants will then fail to mature properly, which in turn will end in a disappointing harvest.
How to avoid overcrowding: Using recommended plant spacing is a great first step to overcrowding. You’ll need to calculate how many can fit and how much space they’ll need for strong root growth. If you have poor soil, it’s good to leave a little more space between plants.
Ignoring nature – Pests & aphids will strike on your crops, so it’s best to prepare for this. Forward planning can ensure that Mother Nature is on your side.
How to avoid ‘ignoring nature’: Using companion planting is a great way to help with pests. This will attract beneficial insects; like hoverflies – when pests descend, these natural predators will keep them at bay. Your plants will thank you for this! You can also use netting or protection for your plants to keep certain pests away.
Planting everything at the same time – planting out all your tender crops at once is dangerous, especially if you’re struck by a sudden late frost.
How to avoid ‘planting everything at the same time’: Sow your seeds in small batches every 2 or 3 weeks.
Hopefully, these few tips have helped you in the early stages of your vegetable garden. If you need further advice, the video below has plenty more tips and tricks on planning your veg patch!