Spring is the season of birth; not only for the multiple animals we see around us but for plants as well. Soon after the last of the deadly frost has left with its traces, life starts to bud out from wherever it can. This is the perfect time to once again re-organize your life and to break free from the shackles of the dark and cold winter.
Flower beds and trees come alive during this part of the year and if you are into gardening and enjoy reaping the joys self-sown seeds, then spring is the perfect time to start preparing and planting your vegetable garden. With a bit of understanding, anyone can successfully plant a spring vegetable garden.
Remember that the most important step of planting vegetable seeds is that you need to have a plan about where and how you want to create your vegetable garden. This includes selection of the best possible location and deciding which and how many vegetables you want to plant.
Although it is even possible to grow vegetables in pots and buckets, if you want a proper kitchen garden in your backyard or in one corner of your garden then choose a spot that gets ample sunlight. Vegetables need at least 6 hours of bright sunlight every day, in order for them to grow adequately. 8 – 10 hours of sunlight is even better.
Ideally it should be a spot that is near your kitchen or house for it to be easily accessible. However, there are other things that you need to cater for as well; for example, you should be able to water the plants conveniently in that portion of your home. Also check to see that this particular area is not affected by sewerage.
One of the other things to consider is that the patch should get good circulation of air but be careful it should not be too windy otherwise the soft young plants could suffer. Dig a little hole in the soil to see if there are small stones, pebbles or hard ground underneath. Vegetables and other crops require soft soil which is loose enough to incorporate nutritive fertilizer and other composts within itself. So basically the type of soil doesn’t matter as much as the physical property of it. Otherwise if you are too concerned about the ground and want to provide ideal conditions to your newly sown vegetables then have the pH checked by a professional; it should be around 6.0.
It is best to draw a rough picture of your vegetable garden on a paper to mark off any shortcomings in the planning. You can make the rows anyway you like; however, what you should remember is that some vegetables grow on vines and would need support. So for such plants choose the edges of that area so they can grow on the boundary wall. Don’t forget to create a boundary fence to keep away dogs and wild pigs.
All sorts of vegetables can be easily planted during spring time; for example spinach, tomato, cabbage, salad, green chillies, potatoes, onions, cucumbers, broccoli, eggplant, Sugar beet, beans, asparagus, carrots Brussels sprouts amongst many others. This would be the best time to plant in the various herbs as well.
The perfect way to prepare the soil is to till the soil about 6 inches deep; this allows air circulation as well as good mixing in of compost or manure. After tilling, put a good layer of fertilizer over it and then till again.