Hand picked fruits and vegetables from your own garden are the freshest and tastiest food you can get. More news is coming out about the dangers of chemical pesticides and fertilizers and more people are finding out that organic vegetables grown at home are tastier than the store bought variety.
You will find that there is quite a large variety of vegetables to pick from. How do you know which vegetables to choose for your garden? One thing you need to consider is taste. Think about the flavors you like to eat. You will need to look for plants that are resistant to mold and do not have scabs. If you have a short growing season you will want to find plants that mature quickly. Plants that mature quickly will give you the ability to grow many crops in one season. You can have fun experimenting with new varieties of vegetables. If you only have a small area for vegetables in your garden look for varieties that allow you to compact space.
Use your imagination when planting your seeds. Using your imagination you may come up with an idea to plant your seeds in a different shape other than straight rows. Curved beds or triangular shapes make your garden more interesting. Don’t forget to make some walking paths through your garden, wide enough to reach everything from all sides so that you can work the beds easily. Adding a mixture of flowers and herbs along with your vegetables will make your garden more interesting.
Crop rotation is an important thing to think about to maintain a healthy garden. Try to rotate crops every season and allow three years to pass before you plant a vegetable in the same spot again. By using crop rotation each year you will enrich the soil with nutrients and you will reduce the chances of plant disease. When you are growing different vegetables each year crop rotation is a simple matter.
Fruit trees are not difficult to grow and you will enjoy eating the fresh fruit. Trees need to be pruned regularly for best production. Try to find a spot in your garden where there will be lots of air movement around your tree. An area in your garden where there is a lot of wind may cause damage to the fruit or the branches. If you have a fruit tree that blooms in early spring, keep it away from areas where cold air collects, such as the bottom of a slope. It is best not to plant fruit trees at the bottom of a slope to avoid frost damage.
A ring of mulch around your trees will be helpful. There are many benefits from placing mulch around the tree. It will help to reduce harmful insect pests and to hold moisture in the soil. Mulch can be applied to your fruit trees any time of year but early spring is a good time. Do not put the mulch close to the tree trunk but instead keep it a few inches away in order to prevent fungi from growing. Placing a thick layer of organic mulch around the tree will prevent a variety of diseases.
Good air circulation is an important factor to remember, so do not place your fruit trees too close together. When there is lots of fresh air, many diseases can be prevented.
The best way to water your plants is with a hose not a sprinkler. If you only have a sprinkler, then try to water your garden in the morning rather than the middle of the day. Diseases like moist leaves so when you do your watering try to moisten the roots of the plant only.
You will enjoy eating the fresh fruits and vegetables that you have grown in your own organic garden.