Planting vegetables at the right time and in the right location can provide you with bountiful harvest at the end of the growing season. You’ll find your work has really paid off in the amount of vegetables produced by even a small plot of soil when properly managed. Food grown by your own efforts is a satisfying experience and, because there is no shipping and storage time involved between harvest and consumption, the food can be eaten at its absolute peak of flavor and texture.
One technique for planting vegetables in small plots is called “square foot gardening” because the plot available is broken up in to squares of two to four feet and each small patch is planted with a different vegetable. The plants are placed thickly in the patch so that the maximum yield can be enjoyed at harvest. The small plots are easier to manage and harvest and no space is wasted by leaving space between rows.
Of course, you can choose to use the methods of planting vegetables in traditional rows, spacing plants and rows according to the recommendations from your garden center or the seed packages. Generally speaking, rows are place 1-1/2 to 2 feet apart but there is no general rule for spacing plants in the rows; plants must be spaced based on their mature size and growing needs. You can research the best plant spacing on the Internet or get advice from your local garden center.
You can easily grow vegetables using organic methods and know that your fresh produce is pesticide free. As you probably already know, it can be more expensive to purchase produce which is certified to have been grown using only organic methods. When you grow the food yourself, you can rest assured that nothing potentially harmful has been used in the production process.
If you wish to create an organic vegetable garden, you will quickly learn to add a few extra plants to your crop so that wildlife destruction can be compensated for; you’ll also learn that there are many natural ways to deter pest and discourage wildlife from getting to your crops.
Of course, there is a small initial investment to purchase your young seedlings or seeds, but it is a very small investment which, only a few weeks or months later, will save you a great deal of money at the green grocer. Growing vegetables will fill your table with healthy food choices and you can preserve some for later use by freezing or canning. When food is preserved at its peak of flavor, that flavor is retained when the vegetables are used later in the year.