Do you still have an extra space after you had successfully accomplished your landscaping project? Or do you want to spare an area in your landscaping for a productive garden? Well then, don’t hesitate to build a vegetable garden. Some landscapers would say no to vegetable gardens because it doesn’t add curb appeal or value to your property. It is only true when you put it in your front yard, but if you desire to put your garden at the back, then, you have nothing to worry about. Starting a garden is actually one of the best ways to live green or have an eco-friendly lifestyle.
In Fayetteville, even if you don’t have a green thumb, you should keep a garden. You can plant a variety of vegetables, fruits and even flowers in your garden. In caring for your plants, avoid using pesticides or commercial fertilizers, instead, go for organic methods. This will help your plants grow healthy without posting a negative effect on nature. You can use the vegetables in your everyday meal without and you can ensure that it’s fresh and healthy. Start planting vegetables or fruits and build your own garden. It’s a way of giving back to nature in your own way. You’ll also grow your own fresh produce which is cheaper yet healthier.
Consider The Seasons
In growing a vegetable garden, you have to understand that plants that flourish in one season may not do the same on another. Meaning, crops that may bloom very well in spring may not be the best choice for fall, not all, but some. It’s important as well that vegetables receive at least six hours of sunlight to ensure its healthy growth. Some vegetables require a cool growing season and must be planted early enough to mature before hot weather or late enough to mature in the cooler fall. To guarantee successful planting, here are the best vegetables that grow in different seasons.
Spring is a great season to start planting. You just have to follow a good planting strategy. For example, vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can be directly seeded into your garden in late February (supposing the ground can be worked, especially the frost) although it’s better to start planting them indoors (with use of vertical or container gardening) around late January and then transplant them into the garden in late March.
In case the ground is still frozen, then wait until the ice has thawed if you want to plant onions, peas, and potatoes, most probably in early February. Might as well consider starting to plant tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants in containers until late spring when you can go ahead and transplant them into your garden. You must be always aware of the weather if there are any changes or reported frost in order to avoid damage to crops.
- Brussel Sprouts
Summer is not only the ideal season to hit the beach or do any other outdoor activities. It’s also a good time to start sowing vegetable seeds or crops. In early summer, around the second or third week of April (or the sooner the soil temperature reach 60° F in temperature), you can start planting these seeds directly in your garden. Sweet potatoes, hot peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, watermelon, and okra love hot weather and will do well if planted in late June.
Before you start digging or spreading those seeds into the ground, make sure that you’ve already prepared your soil, gone through your sprinkler system and make necessary adjustments. Also, don’t forget to deal with existing weeds, if there are any, and check for diseases and insects (treatment must be applied as soon as possible to avoid further damage).
- Corn (Sweet)
Gardening in fall is an excellent solution for keeping the tilth and fertility of your garden’s soil at its peak levels. Moreover, In Fayetteville, the cooler days of autumn often give vegetables a better flavor than those of spring and summer. It’s the ideal time to work the soil, amending as needed, and plant your cool-weather crops.
This season, don’t forget to water your plants and monitor how much water your garden crops will require. Fertilize your garden areas but be sure to water well (infrequent deep watering may be required) beforehand and then lightly afterward. In deciding which crops to plant, you have to determine when to plant, how long will it take your plants to develop and how tolerant they are to frosts.
Winter is known to be the dormant season of landscapes and gardens. The key to successful winter gardening is knowing the average date of the first killing frost in Fayetteville. When the dormant cycle starts, transplanting is required and the most important thing to make this successful is to dig a large root ball, getting as much of the root system as is possible.
Preparing your garden for the winter may also include spreading mulch such as bark, sawdust or straw will help create a blanket of protection over the root system. Mulch also helps retain moisture which is really helpful during the dormant period.
By following the planting dates and a good planting strategy, rest assured that you’ll be harvesting a bountiful of fresh produce. So now, you’ll not only eat healthy foods but also it’ll save you money and trips to the grocery store. You can ensure that the food you’ll eat is safe and rich in nutritional value. Imagine, you can also participate in local farmer’s market and provide people with the best crops which can be used as ingredients to make succulent dishes, pastries, and other kinds of food. Indeed, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor!