Every household has a kitchen garden for growing vegetables. Most of these households fail to plan their gardens well so they do not get enough produce as they should. You need to incorporate some planning to maximize your produce.
Tips for planning your vegetable garden
Decide what to plant
The first thing to do is deciding what vegetables you want to plant. Make sure you plant the types of vegetables that your family will consume and just enough for your consumption. You may plant surplus for giving away to friends and neighbors too.
Variety of plant
After deciding what vegetables to plant, it is time to settle of the varieties. You can choose to plant varieties that are good for eating either cooked or raw. Also consider varieties that are resistant to diseases, pests, and insects. You may choose the qualities you want and settle for a variety that will have those qualities.
Get a sketch of the garden where you intend to plant your vegetables. It is easier to do this by using a graph paper to allow you draw to scale. This way you can tell what space is taken up by each vegetable. Have the spacing for the vegetables in mind too.
You should put into account the possibility of planting more than one vegetable successively on one spot in the garden. For instance, where you harvest carrots you may want to plant lettuce in the next planting.
Hybrids and pest resistant
Consider planting hybrid plants that will help with disease and pest resistance as this will not cost you in terms of pesticides.
Consider the sun
Some grow in the sun while others in the shade. Take this into consideration when planning for your vegetable garden. Ensure tall plants are to the north of the garden if possible. Generally, plant according to the plants’ need for the sun.
While doing your design, take into account the exact positions where the vegetables were planted the previous seasons. It is advisable to keep rotating the crops. The need for crop rotation is to help avoid insects and harmful soil organisms.
Planning your garden is a vital step to getting bumper crop harvest. Perhaps you do not get consistent results since you fail to plan. Start planning now using the above steps and you will achieve great results from your garden.