How to Grow a Vegetable Garden Without Plowing How to Grow a Vegetable Garden Without Plowing
You may not have known it, but you can grow a vegetable garden without plowing or even planting directly in the ground. If you are only trying to plant a small garden, it will probably save you a lot of work in the long-run to start out by planting your different vegetables in planters or solitary pots. The best part of all is that growing vegetables indoors means you can have fresh vegetables year-round. For strong, healthy vegetable plants, follow the steps listed here:
Step 1: Planters and Potted Plants
Growing a vegetable garden in planters and individual pots has some advantages over planting in the ground. For one thing, you are able to directly control the amount of heat, water, and light that is available to the plants. For another, you have far more control over the number of weeds and other pests that may invade your garden. For best growing results, fill the planters or flower pots about ¾-full of good, rich soil. If possible, use pure humus or sifted compost to provide the richest soil for plant growth.
Step 2: Preparing Soil
Instead of vegetable garden plowing, use vegetable garden planning. Using separate containers for different types of plants means that you are able to adjust the soil for each type of vegetable. If more acidity is required, add 1 capful of ammonia. If lower pH levels are more appropriate, decrease the soil acidity by adding lime, rock dust or gypsum. Additionally, fertility can be increased by adding compost or even mixing raw fertilizer such as fish heads and entrails. To help maintain ample drainage, line the bottom of the planter with small stones, sawdust or crushed rock. This allows water to move through the soil and prevents root rot from occurring.
Step 3: Planting
You can grow vegetable gardens indoors from seeds or seedlings. If using seeds, plant 3 to 5 seeds per container. As the seeds sprout and begin to grow, having multiple plants in one container makes it possible to use selective pruning and you can save only the strongest plants. If starting with seedlings, be careful not to supply too much water. Young plants' stems are susceptible to ground level decay if too much eater is present in the soil.
Step 4: Lighting
Crops have to have enough light for proper growth. A general rule of thumb is to provide plants with at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day. If direct sunlight is not an option, use grow lights, and time the lighting to provide no more than 12 hours of lighting per day. If you supply your garden with too much light, the plants will often grow to be weak and straggly. If plant growth appears to be outpacing plant vitality, try reducing the lighting by an hour or so per day. Keep in mind, however, that acidic soil may have the same growing symptoms, so check the pH balance of the soil as well, and add a small amount of lime or gypsum to reduce acidity as needed.