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What Makes Some Vegetable Gardens So Successful? 4 Secrets of the Pros

What Makes Some Vegetable Gardens So Successful? 4 Secrets of the Pros

During these challenging times, many of us are spending more time at home. We have come to realize the power of self-sustainability: home cooking, backyard chicken raising, and especially growing produce in our very own vegetable gardens.

There are many reasons to grow your own vegetables: 
  • Best taste and quality
  • Cost-effective
  • Ease and availability
  • Fun educational project for the kids
  • Free from pesticides and bacterial contamination

But how difficult is it to successfully maintain a garden? Read on for some of our favorite pro-gardener tips.

What Makes Some Vegetable Gardens So Successful? 4 Secrets of the Pros

1. Companion Planting

Some foods pair better together and vegetables are no exception. These so-called companion plants help each other thrive by replenishing nutrients in the soil or by repelling pests. Consider pairing the following plants and watch the benefits.

Tomatoes and Basil 

The herb basil is useful for warding off flies, aphids, mites, and even mosquitos. But the best part about this combination? Ready-made pasta sauce!

Corn and Beans 

These two crops support each other. Literally. Beans will grow up corn stalks, meaning you don't have to waste time building a trellis.

2. Composting 101

Now that you have the perfect partners in vegetable matrimony, it's time to think about what lies beneath. Good soil can make or break a garden. Composting is an easy and ecological way to ensure your vegetables have all the nutrients they need to spring into action. But compost needs time to provide the full effects. For best results, apply compost two to three weeks before planting.

For an even simpler method of mixing compost into the soil, consider working even farther ahead. Apply compost to your garden in the fall after the last harvest. Letting that compost sit all winter will allow the rain and snow to do the mixing work for you.

3. Employ Help

You only have two hands, but what if you could employ hundreds of extra workers to help tend the garden? Meet your new best friends: earthworms and ladybugs.

Earthworms break up the soil with their burrowing, providing plenty of airy space for those growing veggies. Plus they eat decomposing matter and the castings that come out the other end turn into eco-friendly fertilizer. Ladybugs can help replace harsh pesticides. Let a few of these girls loose and watch them make short work of all those harmful aphids and mites.

4. Don't Fear Frost

Most delicate plants will need to be covered in case of early or unexpected frosty mornings. However, a few plants will actually do better after a freeze. Kale, cabbage, and carrots are perfect choices for gardeners living in colder climates.

For more pro tips in an easy-to-follow guide, be sure to check out our library, where you will find an assortment of downloadable e-books covering a wide range of topics. From the ins and outs of growing herbs, to how to attract more butterflies to your garden, all of your gardening questions are sure to be an
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