How To Have A Constant Supply Of Vegetables

Have you ever found yourself with way too much of a vegetable when the time comes that it’s ready to harvest? It’s certainly happened to me – I’ve had to give vegetables to everyone I can find to get rid of them.

The problem is the way most people plant their garden – a row of one vegetable, another row of a second one and so on.

The more effective way to plant that will give you a steady supply of vegetables over a longer season is called succession planting.

Basically, instead of a single row of each vegetable split a single row into multiple vegetables. So one row might have 3 or 4 sections, each with its own seeds planted.

Then two weeks later, plant the same group in the second row. Two weeks later, do it again in the third row.

This way, each row will be ready to harvest two weeks after the previous one, giving you a fresh supply for longer, and keeping you from having to find ways to get rid of all the extras.

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Garden Planning 101 – Preparing The Soil

When you’re planning your vegetable garden, one of the things to consider is what’s on the ground where you want to plant? If it’s bare soil, you’re halfway there, but it’s more likely lawn if you haven’t planted a garden before.

If you need to get rid of grass for your garden, it’s not a difficult thing to do. For a smaller area, just use a sharp spade to undercut the sod and remove it. For larger areas, a sod-cutting machine is a lot less work.

Trees or shrubs are another story – they can be a lot more difficult to relocate or even to simply remove if you no longer want them. The roots can be far-reaching as well and may interfere with your garden when it comes time to start digging.

When you’re planning the location for your garden, think about how much time and effort you want to put in. If your ideal spot is going to take too much time or work, you might want to think about an alternative.

Garden Planning 101 – Size & Shape

The size of your garden will depend on several things:

  • How many mouths you’re feeding
  • How much time you have to spend in it
  • How enthusiastic you are about gardening

Keep in mind that you shouldn’t be too ambitious, especially if you’re new to vegetable gardening. A garden that’s too big quickly become a chore rather than a fun hobby.

Most average gardens range from 200 to 500 square feet.

Unless your yard requires it, it’s best to avoid flowing, unusual shapes. Stick with squares or rectangle as they allow for more efficient use of space. Plus, they tend to make it easier to reach everything in the garden for maintenance and harvesting once your vegetables get larger.

Garden Planning 101 – Climate

Your climate will have some bearing on how you plan your vegetable garden.

For example, vegetables grow best if they’re protected from strong winds. So if you live in a windy area, plan your garden in a place where there is shelter from wind, such as beside a building or along a fence line.

You also need to make sure that your vegetables will get enough sunlight. This is especially true if you’re having to locate it somewhere to shelter it from the wind.

Vegetables will grow best where they get sun for at least half the day. If your garden is in your backyard and your house throws shade there for most of the day, it’s not going to be the most productive location.

Also keep in mind how the vegetables will affect each other’s sun exposure. If you plant tall vegetables next to short ones, the tall ones are going to throw shade once they get to a certain height.

Ideally, the rows in your garden should be run north and south to minimize the shade from one row to another.