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Starting A Veggie Patch

Unsure how to go about starting a veggie patch? Growing your own vegetables will bring so many advantages to your life, but if you’re here, you don’t need us to tell you that. Here at Quality Garden Supplies, we are huge advocates for growing your own food whenever you can. It has a big impact on the environment, on your mood, your wallet and your health, but we also do understand that approaching the world of gardening for the first time can be overwhelming. This is what we’re here for! Follow are a guide to starting a veggie patch.

1. Position

The first thing to consider when building your veggie patch is the position: pick a spot in your garden that is both protected from the wind and the frosts, but at the same time gets plenty of sun.

As for the garden bed, a raised one will provide extra drainage thanks to the depth of the soil. The spot you pick in your garden should be flat, so your plants will receive equal amounts of water and sun. For this reason, if your garden is not naturally flat, it would be ideal to level it out by putting wood or flat stones as the base of the bed. Be sure to be aware of trees and big plants, and try and keep your veggie garden away from these.

2. Building

Once you’ve decided where in your garden your veggie patch will be, it’s time to get your hands dirty! The first step to do is to clean the area: get rid of weeds and turf.

Keep in mind, if you’re opting for a raised garden bed, you will need additional materials and time. Your bed should last you in time, so choose strong materials for it.

There are heaps of DIY kits to build your own raised garden bed!

starting a veggie patch: celery and carrots

3. Soil

The soil in a veggie garden is really important, and even though it could still be good it doesn’t hurt to improve it. The best things you can add to your soil to improve its quality are manure, compost, seamungus, blood and bone and sulphate of potash.

If you take care of your soil it will take care of you by giving you healthy veggies!

4. Crop Rotation

If you want your garden to allow you to perform a crop rotation, you should divide your garden into four areas, or four separate garden crops. This way, you will be able to reduce diseases and nutrient deficiency. A good way to divide them up would be beans and peas, fruiting vegetables, roots and stems and leafy greens.

5. Mulching and Feeding

Once your veggie garden is completed, you should take care of it by putting a thick layer of mulch on top of your soil, to discourage weeds and give more nutrients to your veggies. It will also preserve soil moisture and reduce temperature fluctuations. Try sugar cane! As time passes, the mulch breaks down, adding organic structure to the soil. Be sure to feed every couple of weeks with a liquid fertilizer containing seaweed.

Don’t forget to check out our gardening tools, grow your own kits and soil nutrients!

Your garden will thank you!

starting a veggie patch - tomatoes

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