9 DIY steps to have your well-groomed vegetable patch

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Fresh domestic vegetables, produced entirely by you in all stages are good for yourself as well as the environment. You cut down the fertilizers, pesticides and artificial ripening inducers. It can add a huge difference in the taste of meals produced in your home and serve as the healthiest form of ingredients to food. You don’t have to move beyond your own house to do this. A backyard is all you need to develop vegetable patches. Here are 9 DIY steps to keep in mind while making your own vegetable garden.
1. Don’t start your vegetable patch on a large scale as soon as you begin. Begin with a small patch before you can acquaint yourself with larger ones.
2. Choose varieties that shall respond well to the current climate and the soil of your land. You could go for diseases and allergies resistant varieties. Some research shall guide you through.
3. Make small and successive sowings to last with vegetables throughout the year. Use seeds and advanced seedlings instead of punnets.
4. It is important to maintain your patch sans weed to ensure the uninterrupted growth of vegetables. To prevent the growth of weed, plant mulch between the rows of plants and between the individual plants.
5. As much as plants need healthy sunlight for their health, too much of heat from the sun can also cause damage to them. You can shield them with a temporary shade cloth that is held in place over them during intense summer.
6. Cherish their growth every day. Keep aside 5 minutes checking on them each day. Water them regularly and look out for any diseases.
7. Water the plants either in the early morning or during the dusk. Watering in the afternoon will turn vain because the moisture can easily evaporate to the heat.
8. Don’t resort to using chemical pesticides to give your plants a spic and span look. A few damages here and there on the leaves or other inedible parts of the plants are nothing harmful. If you’re going to apply pesticides, then you are ruining the whole purpose of going for homemade vegetables. Use biological alternatives.
9. Plant flowering ornamentals amidst other vegetables to attract insects for pollination. Planting lavender next to peas will invoke early pollination of the latter.

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