Your backyard might very well look spectacular with some outdoor garden furniture to complement the neatly-trimmed hedges and towering trees, but what if you want your garden to a bit more functional via the cultivation of some fresh produce? Here are the basics of growing your own vegetable garden.
It’s probably also true of those garden plants which are purely cosmetic, but even more so in the case that you’re seeking to cultivate a vegetable garden. That is of course that they’d need to be easily accessible. The last thing you want is to realise a bit too late that you’d have to walk over and destroy some of your other plants to perhaps get to something like those ripe pumpkins which you stationed out of reach…
A veggie garden needs to be accessible, especially if you want to properly enjoy it from your outdoor garden furniture.
Strategic spatial planning
Accessibility is achieved through planning the use of your space strategically, but when it comes to a vegetable garden that also means you need to account for some kind of dynamism. Perhaps with the use of teak planters and other contraptions, rotation is encouraged. Your vegetable garden can and probably should look different at certain key intervals, like perhaps following the transitions of the seasons.
Your pumpkin patch might host a different vegetable plant variety when pumpkins are perhaps of the season, for instance, while rotation is indeed encouraged even just for the sake of it!
Building on a complete cosmetic base
Vegetable plants flower pretty quickly, displaying their splendour in no time, whether or not they go on to produce a good harvest. Often they do indeed quite easily bear good produce, so it’s just a matter of doing what you need to do to cultivate and maintain them.
Since it is indeed a veggie garden though, you need to make sure it looks good even before the veggie plants bear their produce. This is just in case they fail to bear the vegetables, so the suggestion is that your garden would need to have a complete green base-look. Some of the best-looking gardens are indeed the simplest ones, with green being the dominant or only colour (apart from the complementary browns, of course), so basically your veggie garden must look good weather it flowers or not.
Flowering and veggie-bearing would essentially make for the cherry on top.
As quickly as veggie plants bear their flowers and produce do they also shed. Fortunately, the regular harvesting intervals would also make for cues to do routine maintenance, such as raking away of dead leaves and stems when you pick the vegetables, etc.
Breaking the ‘rules’
Just because you declared it as a vegetable garden, that doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to only cultivating vegetables. You can and probably should “break the rules,” complementing the veggies with some purely cosmetic plants.
Some veggies complement certain flowering plants very well, but you can and should also add some other garden features, like water features, outdoor garden furniture, etc.