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What Makes an Organised Vegetable Garden

For those with the space and the inclination, creating a vegetable garden at home can be a thoroughly rewarding experience. However, whilst most home vegetable gardens begin as organised, well maintained plots, the vast majority of them soon descend into chaos and not only because of lost interest, but also because they weren’t effectively organised in the first place.

Vegetable Garden
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Therefore it’s essential to lay proper foundations for your home vegetable garden regardless of how much or little you’re planning to grow, so before you start digging up the back yard, take the time to research the foundations of an organised vegetable garden because there’s more to an organised vegetable garden than laying out plots of the same size with paths to move about, much more in fact.

The first step – Planning

Not surprisingly, the first step to a well organised vegetable garden doesn’t involve any tools or equipment bar a computer with an internet connection, a tape measure, a pencil, ruler and paper – there’s no need to get dirty just yet. Before you start digging, do your homework to ascertain what you can feasibly grow and how much of it you can cultivate; moreover, bear in mind that some crops are better grown together or near each other than others.

There are a few considerations to take into account in this regard, like bearing in mind that certain plants will deprive their neighbours of sunlight which could stunt their growth (if not kill them off entirely) and some have the nasty habit of strangling their neighbours with their roots. Once you’ve determined what you’re going to grow and where, take measurements of the space you have to work with and begin creating a layout for your garden on pencil, by laying it all out on paper beforehand you’ll find it easier to make changes if required.

The second step – Laying the foundations

Now it’s time to get dirty! This is where the heavy work begins so you’ll need to allow yourself plenty of time to lay the foundations of your vegetable garden. The first step here involves building raised beds for your vegetables using the materials you’ve procured, which should include untreated wooden blocks, cinders and bricks, preferably recycled to reduce expenditure and keep in line with green gardening ideals.

With regard to pathways, you have a number of options here, such as using bricks, cinders and pavers to create attractive paths, laying untreated wooden blocks flat or using mulch to create weed-free garden paths.

After the raised beds and paths have been created and you’ve laid the topsoil, you can start planting the seeds, and don’t forget to label the seeds as soon as you’ve planted them! After you’ve finished planting the seeds and labelling them, you can start creating supports and trellises where required and don’t overlook the importance of providing support cages for bushy plants that have a tendency to spread out.

The third step – Maintenance

Whilst you’ve pretty much laid the foundations for a well organised vegetable garden by now, the third step is rightly seen by most successful home gardeners as the most important – maintenance. This is ongoing and the better maintained your garden is the better organised it will remain as the weeks, months and years pass by and you continue to enjoy fresh, organic home produce that tastes just as good, if not even better, than it looks.

Hopefully you’re in possession of a comfortable garden shed to keep your gardening tools handy and in good condition (some excellent examples can be found at Your Shed) and just as you’ve made the effort to set up a vegetable garden that’s easily organised, so too will you want to keep your tools organised, plus doing so helps to keep them in good condition for longer.

Maintaining your garden regularly is essential if you’re to keep your vegetable garden organised, and in addition to keeping the top soil moist but not drenched by carefully watering it regularly, you’ll also need to keep it weeded and mulched to keep it free of weeds, and many home gardening pros advocate working on one section of the vegetable garden at a time so nothing is neglected or overlooked.

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