Creating a Thriving Home Vegetable Garden

How can you start a thriving home vegetable garden and what benefits can you reap from a vegetable garden?

Everyone adores growing their own vegetables in a backyard garden, patio, or in containers but most of the time we fail to successfully grow a booming vegetable garden due to disease and pest attack, overwatering or under-watering, and a number of other reasons that lead to the failure of your home vegetable gardens!

Western Australia is blessed with a wide range of soils and climatic conditions and you can grow an ample range of vegetables in your gardens.

I will leave you here some of my top tips to assist you in creating a thriving home vegetable garden.

Top five soul ingredients in setting up a home vegetable garden: 

  • Fresh and organic soil.
  • Blistering and blazing sun.
  • High-quality seeds.
  • Timely sowing of seeds.
  • Taking immense care of garden and vegetables.

1) Fresh and Organic Soil: 

Your success as a home vegetable gardener solely depends on the quality of soil you are using for setting up a vegetable garden.

Soil is like home to the vegetables therefore make sure to always use high-quality soil for your garden. In this case, you can opt for 50% peat moss and 50% perlite mix soil to grow vegetables in containers in your gardens.

In case if you are growing vegetables in the main-field garden then you must mix 60% topsoil and add 30% compost and 10% seed starting or aged manure to your main-field soil.

Always bear in mind to use organic soil because organically grow vegetables will benefit you in the long run.

2) Blistering and Blazing Sun

Most of the vegetables need at least six to eight of sunlight daily to grow and thrive. There are some vegetables and herbs which require partial shade for propagation and development.

Before planting any vegetables in your garden check the light requirements of the herb or the vegetables. Planning well ahead of growing will benefit you in the long run.

Please make sure you are providing the right amount of sunlight to your vegetables in the garden.

How lucky we are in Western Australia, there is no shortage of sunlight.

3) Use High-Quality Seeds: 

I bet you have heard the saying: You will reap what you sow!

Using high-quality seeds is one of the most important aspects of having a thriving home vegetable garden.

I would suggest using high-quality, organic, and unprocessed seeds from seed vendors.

The following are top international seed stores that supply high-quality vegetable seeds to your doorsteps.

  • Burpees
  • Mountain Valley Seeds
  • Johnny Seeds
  • Seeds Savers Exchange

4) Timely Sowing of Seeds: 

Believe me, sowing vegetable seeds on time will decide whether you are going to be a successful vegetable gardener or not.

The following are the best time frames to grow different vegetables in Western Australia:

  • January: Capsicum, beetroot, kale, eggplant, carrots, and celery
  • February: Lettuce, radish, leeks, and melons
  • March: Broccoli, cauliflowers, and beans
  • April: Spring onions and onions
  • May: Peas and Brussels sprouts
  • June: Silver beets, spinach, and potatoes
  • July: Chives and turnips
  • August: Khol rabi, Jerusalem Artichoke, and asparagus
  • September: Melons and beans
  • October: Peas, turnips, and squash
  • November: Beans, spring onions, and tomatoes
  • December: Radish and carrots 

5) Taking Immense Care of Garden and Vegetables: 

Plants are like friends and family members. They need full attention and care to grow and thrive.

Make sure you are:

  1. Not over-watering or under-watering. Before watering your home garden make sure to check the garden soil with your index finger. If the top 5cm of soil feels dry then water your home garden.
  2. Make sure to grow companion plants. Companion plants drive away notorious pests and other harmful insects from the garden vicinity.
  3. Pick and kill insects and other pests with your hand. If the insects’ infection is uncontrollable then you can use organic Neem Oil, Pyrethrin spray, or Diatomaceous earth.

 

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