Growing crops in your garden is a great way to save money on groceries and have fresh produce all year round. However, it’s not always easy to figure out how to grow the best crops for you. That’s why this blog post is here with some useful tips from the pros that will help you get started!
Get The Right Soil
If you want a bountiful harvest, then you need to make sure your plants are growing in healthy soil that is rich in nutrients and minerals. Soil can make or break your crop production. In order to cultivate healthy plants, use an organic soil mix like peat moss mixed with compost and leaf mould. This high-quality soil will provide essential nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium for healthier roots which lead to better yields of fruits and vegetables.
It’s also important to fertilize the soil. Do not use fresh manure or dry leaves as these will kill your garden plants when they decompose; instead, compost them for at least six months before using them on other crops. Use organic fertilizers like blood and bone meal (B&B), fish emulsion, rock phosphate, kelp extract, etc., which release nitrogen into the plant’s roots slowly over time so there’s no sudden burst of energy from quick-release fertilizers such as chemical salts.
Watering crops is one of the most important steps in growing your garden, yet it’s one that is often overlooked by newbie farmers.
Keep a careful eye on water levels and only give them enough to keep roots moist but not wet.
A good plant can withstand drought conditions for weeks without wilting, so don’t waste precious resources by overwatering. As the folks at UrbanOrganicYield.com explain, water is their primary life source, but an excess of water can also cause them to die. Only water your plants when the top inch of soil is dry.
Start by watering a little and then check again in an hour to see if more moisture has been absorbed. This will allow you to save on resources, but also keep fertilizer from washing away with each rainstorm.
Plant In The Right Season
This is one of the most common tips. If you plant in season, it will be easier for your crops to grow and produce what they were intended to. Some plants need different temperatures than others so if you have a garden that has both types of plants make sure to space them out as not too many will do better when planted together.
For instance, tomatoes should be grown next to corn or cucumbers because these vegetables are heat lovers whereas other veggies like lettuce would prefer cooler weather such as with broccoli or spinach planting near peppers which prefers warmer climates.
Create Enough Room
Space is important for growing plants because plants need room to grow. When planting, it’s important to know how much space you have in your garden.
The best plan is to divide the area into quadrants and plant one type of vegetable on each side. This will allow for enough room for all the plants without them being overcrowded or too far apart from each other.
It is also important to know how much food you need before planting. For example, if you want a lot of tomatoes then it might be best to plant in rows instead of large patches for maximum space usage. Remember also that as the plants grow and produce fruit, they will require more room than when they were first planted! So make sure your garden has enough area just in case there are surprises with growth or yield.
Consider Companion Planting
Companion planting is a great way to make your garden more productive. Planting certain crops in proximity to each other results in higher yields, as well as the creation of natural pest and weed control systems. Companion plants can be grown right next to one another or together on trellises or fences so that they are easily accessible for harvesting.
There are many different combinations you can try out depending on what type of plant you want:
- Basil planted alongside tomatoes will help deter tomato worms
- Cucumbers work great next to beans as both are climbing vines that need something sturdy on which to climb up onto before attaching their tendrils around nearby branches
- Tomatoes grow better when there is another tall growing plant like corn close by while peppers prefer low-growing vegetables like spinach so that the pepper can get more light exposure
Although there are so many ways to grow crops, the most important part is making sure you have the right soil. Then, learn how much water your plants need and when they should be planted in order for them to thrive. Finally, make sure that you’ve considered things like companion planting or crop rotation before setting out on this endeavor because it can make a huge difference in yield.