to wind and many other factors will need to be considered before starting to plant vegetables. It is a known fact that valleys are colder than hill-tops and some vegetables grow best in specific climate types.
You will need to determine that how much sunlight will be available to the plants, as some of them may require loads of it to grow properly. Some may even do without it. Check up for various artificial means that can be utilized to control the climatic conditions. You can even increase the sunlight penetration by pruning extra foliage.
If you have trees surrounding your potential vegetable garden, then you can utilize their presence by planting few crops like carrots, cucumbers, radishes, beets, cauliflowers and spinach that require enough shade. You must however be cautious about the distance between your plants and the trees. Having them too close to the trees can deprive them of the essential nutrients and water that may be sucked away by the trees roots. It is preferable to maintain a few feet distance from the outer reaches of the trees roots.
In case your yard doesn’t have any flat land for vegetable gardening, you can opt for terrace gardening with the help of timber or stone walls. In such method, you can cultivate the warmth and sunlight needing plants on the terrace and those that need cold environs at the bottom.
Whatever may be the size of your cultivation land, you can significantly alter its mini-climate with the help of mulches, windbreaks, shade plants and irrigation methods.
In the colder regions where the growth season is relatively short, you can employ open, well-drained and small wooden containers, normally 12 by 24 inches is area and 3 inches deep. You can plant some vegetables well ahead of the growth season in such containers so as to fasten their growth during the season.
To indulge in such beforehand cultivation, you can also use paper cups, foam cups, cottage or margarine cheese containers or even the milk containers. Make sure you poke holes in them at few places at the bottom to allow enough drainage. Once the season has arrived, you can shift these mini plants into the main gardening area.
If you are lucky enough to rent an allotment, there will doubtless be some old-timers already established on their plots, who have been growing vegetables since the year dot, who will normally be very pleased to give advice and the know how of their expertise and experience. Then there is the additional advantage of swapping surplus crops. Many group allotments become their own community centres, with everyone helping each other in all manner of ways. Some are even so well organised that they purchase tools, fertilizers, seeds etc., and pass them on to their members at minimal costs. What better than to be out in the fresh-air with your family and a good group of friends?
The demand for allotments is now increasing and if you cannot find an allotment to rent, don’t despair. Do you have any neighbours who are perhaps not as agile as they used to be, but own a large garden? Why not offer to cultivate part of their garden to grow vegetables offering them 50% of your crop free in return for use of their space? This way you will make new friends who will be very grateful to you for your work and kindness and you will have your freshly grown vegetables. A good way of bartering which will have other spin-offs.
This is another way of giving an unintended lesson in life to your children. Let them see that as well as growing vegetables for your own family you can also help others at the same time.
Another aspect of gardening to be considered is the money-saving side and so very important these days. So save money- eat well, keep fit. Three for the price of one.
Be patient and dedicate enough energy to your hobby of home vegetable gardening and you will see that in no time you’ll be serving your own produce on the dining table.