Vegetable Gardening Tips

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If you’ve been following our vegetable gardening tips blog or our home gardening tips blog you likely know Jenny and I are loving our vegetable garden.

I had waited a long time to have a place to grow a vegetable garden but because of heart health problems I couldn’t do much so our first veggie garden was only 4 foot by 4 foot square. Each year since I have increase the size. It’s 2012 and now our vegetable garden is 10×20 feet.

Vegetable gardening has helped me to keep my sanity through the long winter months as I plan what I will grow the next year and learn more about home gardening.

Looking back there are a few things I would do differently, so like dad used to say, “Hindsight is 20/20”.

What Would I Do Differently?

1. Build Raised Beds

I have a few memories of the vegetable garden growing up but mostly I remember it was my job to crawl around on my hands and knees weeding the thing. So most of what I learned about vegetable gardening has been online. So glad we have the Internet.

The first thing I would do differently would be to build raised beds for our vegetable garden instead of digging up the very heavy dense clay that’s our backyard. It’s more like like concrete than soil and took a pick-axe to break it up.

This year was the first year we’ve built a raised bed garden. For some reason I thought it would be harder and kept putting it off.

2. Getting More Direct Sunlight

So, instead of increasing the vegetable garden again next year by digging up more of our backyard I will build a few raised beds. This will allow me to use that energy to remove the trees that are blocking the early morning sunlight from our vegetable garden.

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Most of these trees have to go so our garden gets more direct sunlight.

When we started our vegetable garden in 2009 those trees were just little guys and I never clued into the fact they would grow so fast. Now they are 15 or 20 feet tall and block sun until at least 10am.

Those trees have to go and thankfully they are all on our side of the property fence.

I will wait until winter or at least after the vegetable garden is done for the year so I don’t drop trees on our vegetables. I have a friend with a fireplace and he loves building fires for our winter guitar jams so he can have the wood so it doesn’t end up in the local landfill.

3. Get A Garden Tiller

jean tilling vegetable gardenWhen Judy and Jean showed up this year and tilled our vegetable garden they not only saved me days of digging and turning soil but they turned it into the best veggie garden we’ve had in the 4 years we’ve been gardening.

So the third thing I would do is get myself a garden tiller so that I can till the gardens both in the fall to till in the fallen leaves and manure. I would do tilling again early spring.

The little garden tiller Jean had was small enough to fit in the back of his car and is light enough for me to handle. I believe it would work just fine in raised beds as well.

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