A few handy hints and tips:
- Be sure to water your garden well as you create it and when you plant, and regularly as plants grow. The soil should feel damp. In hot weather especially, check the soil to see if it is dry, and give it a deep water if it is – this could mean every day. Check often!
- Mulch: find some hay and spread it around your plants. Mulching is very important for retaining water, stopping weeds and improving soil health.
- Keep an eye out for snails and caterpillars, who love new seedlings. Snails can be discouraged by a barrier of coffee grounds or eggshells. This needs to be replaced periodically as it composts into the soil. As plants get bigger they are better at surviving attack and are less delicious for the snails. Keep monitoring for caterpillars, especially if cabbage white butterfly are flying around your vegies. Control them with a spray of certified organic Yates Natures Way Caterpillar Killer.
- Caring for your soil will be rewarded with a delicious successful harvest. We recommend regularly topping up with Yates Dynamic Lifter & Soil Improver to ensure nutrients.
- Don’t give up! Vegetable gardening planning and creation is similar to cooking. You might get poor results in one season and there’ll be abundant growth in another. Natural factors, your hard work and the quality of the seeds you choose will affect the performance of your plants and the subsequent harvest. Don’t give up, even if your efforts don’t give you the desired results on your first attempt.
- Get the family involved. Be sure to involve your kids and other interested family members in gardening. The whole experience should be a relaxing one. Often just being out in the garden will be an enjoyable experience that relieves stress.
Love your garden and it will love you! Learning how to plant a vegetable garden is easy. But, maintaining it and achieving success is often the trickiest part. There are several practical issues you will encounter. But, the end result will be the happiness of eating the produce created from your own handiwork and knowledge. There is no satisfaction compared to that feeling.