Monday, November 5, 2018

Why Your Vegetable Patch Isn't Producing

If you’re an eco-friendly person, then there’s a good chance that you have a vegetable patch. Why go to the supermarket to buy produce grown thousands of miles away when you can have something better right in your backyard?

But if you’ve ever actually tried to grow your own veggies, you know that it can be a challenge. Often, despite your best efforts, your vegetable patch fails to produce, leaving you scratching your head.

So what could you be doing wrong?

1: You Haven’t Prepared The Soil

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Plants rely on the soil to provide them with sustenance. Without it, they can’t take up new materials and use them to build their structure. But earth is a funny thing - it’s not all the same.

Take soil pH, for instance. The pH of soil matters a lot, depending on the plants that you want to grow. If soil pH is too low, then it could indicate an absence of essential minerals. Also, soil that is too sandy may not provide enough nutrients, whereas clay soil may be too dense and claggy for some plant’s roots.

Preparing soil is often necessary, especially if you live in an area where it is poor. In wet areas, you may need to drain the ground by digging a ditch, and in areas with few nutrients, add a fertiliser.

2: Planting In The Wrong Season

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Mimicking nature is essential, especially when it comes to growing vegetables. Most vegetables won’t grow at any time f the year; they require a set growing season. Some plants, especially those typically grown in lower latitudes can perish in the cold. So plant crops like tomatoes just as the weather gets warm.

3: Watering Too Little And Too Much

Vegetables need the right supply of water to grow at the optimal rate. But working out what that is can be tricky because there are so many variables to consider. For instance, soil type, insolation, and temperature can all make a big difference to the amount that you need to water.

The good news is that you can use technology to monitor water levels in the soil. Internet-connected water sensors plug into the ground and then send updates to your smartphone telling you when you need to water, depending on the crops you want to grow.

4: Allowing Weeds To Flourish

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Unsightly weeds can do more than ruin the aesthetics of your vegetable patch: they can also harm your yield.

Why? Because weeds take resources from neighbouring crops. It is best to remove plants by hand. Herbicides can get into the water table and prevent you from getting many of the benefits you would ordinarily receive from home-grown, organic food.

5: Choosing A Poor Location

Your soil might be good, but if you choose the wrong location for a vegetable patch, you can quickly get into trouble. Looks for sites that get at least 8 hours of sunlight a day. Plants need sunlight to provide energy for them to grow, and so vegetable patches overlooked by trees often fail to thrive.

xxo
Kim

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