Starting Your Own Subsistence Vegetable Garden: Three Things To Know

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Gardening is an enjoyable hobby, but you can take your green thumb to the next level by starting your own subsistence garden in your back yard. This will allow you to grow all the vegetables you serve to your family each day, but you'll need to learn how to handle each vegetable to ensure it grows properly. Here are just some of the many things you'll need to know to have a diverse and successful vegetable garden.

Choosing The Right Fertilizer

Different vegetables need different nutrients to grow and flourish. For example, corn needs nitrogen to grow successfully. You can use organic corn fertilizer and mulch to provide the nitrogen and other nutrients your corn plants need to thrive. Tomato plants, on the other hand, will need a lot of nutrients, including phosphorous, so you'll need to look for an organic vegetable fertilizer made specifically for the needs of tomato plants. Check out a fertilizer supplier like Nature Safe to get started.

Prioritizing Sunlight

As you plan out your vegetable garden, you'll want to take into account how much sunlight each type of plant needs and how tall they will grow. You don't want to plant your corn where it will eventually block out sunlight for your other vegetables, and you'll want to make sure that tomato plants have plenty of access to sunlight each day. You can plant leafy vegetables where they will receive some shade to make room for plants that need more sunlight. Potatoes still need light to grow, but they can suffer from too much exposure to the sun.

Keeping Away Pests

Small animals and insects may like your garden produce just as much as you do, so you'll want to take steps to prevent them from attacking your harvest. There are several natural solutions you can use to protect your garden. You can purchase simple garden fences to keep small animals from invading your garden, and you can use diatomaceous earth to rid your garden of small insects and slugs. Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring sedimentary rock that is turned into a fine powder, and it can be used indoors to control insects as well. Your local gardening shop can also provide you with additional information about natural pest control solutions to solve specific problems in your garden.

With the right fertilizer, sunlight, and pest control solutions in place, you can can get your subsistence garden off to a great start. Be sure to plant a variety of vegetables, and consider how many plants you'll need to provide nutritious, delicious vegetables for your whole family.

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7 November 2016

Developing A Garden

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