Keeping a vegetable garden in order can be a lot of work but with a few simple steps things can be kept growing along:
- Make sure you plan ahead
- Tend to it little and often
- Grow what you know you will eat
- Be held sustainable on the plot
Planning ahead is a great way to maintain your vegetable garden
As Spring approaches it can soon feel overwhelming when you are growing in your own vegetable garden because there is so much to do. The sun starts shining and the days are longer so seedlings burst into action and there's lots to do. If you take the quieter months of the year to plan ahead it can really help. Write lists of what you need to do at different times of the year and keep updating the lists throughout the year and as you make changes. Not only will this help you keep on track but you can also review your notes for the following year to make improvements if needed.
Maintain your garden with the little and often approach
In our busy lives keeping a vegetable garden in good order can be hard so the best way is to tend to it little and often. It’s quite amazing how much can be done in half an hour or so as much as you can. This way things won’t run away with themselves and you will be enjoying your garden as and when you can fit it in. Of course, if you have a day free and can spend a good few hours tending to your plot then that's great as well.
Grow what you love to eat can help to maintain your vegetable garden
It’s easy to get carried away and sow lots of seeds and try new varieties of fruit and vegetables and it's a great way to discover new food. But, if you are short on time choosing to grow what you know you will eat can be really helpful and means nothing will go to waste. This approach means you can maximise on space with the crops you will love.
Maintain your vegetable garden by being sustainable
The best way to run a productive vegetable garden is to think about it being self-sustainable. Collect water in water butts so you can water as and when you need, build compost bins where you can make your own compost and even have a little pond to encourage frogs and toads to eat the pests you don’t want on your patch. This approach is not only good for wildlife but encouraging biodiversity can only be helpful to you and the productivity of your vegetable garden.