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Tips On Home Vegetable Gardening

Author : Damian Higgens

Today it is easy to plant your own small herbs and vegetable garden as you have most or all the information you need on the seed packages; for planting, watering, germination time and even instructions on how to look after the seedlings. Most seedlings are ready to be planted after 4-5 weeks. Moreover, it is very important too keep the young seedlings well watered but without over-watering. If the soil is not well drained you need to take extra care and water your plants in the morning when the weather is cooler because if you water them in the evening it will lead to diseases; likewise in the summer it would be better to water the plants in the evening.

Small garden designs are suitable for all types of yards no matter the size. You can still make your own raised bed gardening even though you have a small space for it. Home vegetable gardening will allow you to permanently have at your disposal the fresh vegetables and herbs you like to eat. People tend to believe that most herbs are annuals, when actually many are biennials or perennials. So, a good small garden design will help you have permanent herbs and even grow a few more herbs as annuals if you want. On the other hand, you can opt for growing your vegetables and herbs in pots and you can have your own moving garden that you can easily transport from a place to another if need be. Still, growing in containers means that some plants have to be dug and divided after one or two years in order not to become root-bound.

Basil, oregano, lemongrass, chives, thyme and sage are amongst the most popular herbs that you can plant.

It is vital to know that seeds don't need sunlight to germinate, just moisture and warmth. But, after germinating, they need sunlight or equivalent, in order to grow healthily. For good germination in cool weather it helps using a small green house or an improvised one, but they can also germinate inside the house in a warm place, such as the kitchen. In addition, before sowing you should ensure that the mixture is well soaked and after that you need only provide a very light watering till they germinate. Make sure that the mixture doesn't dry out and keep it moist until the start of the germination. For watering, you can use a fine nozzle head in a watering can or a rose sprinkler that will help you avoid flooding the seeds. The newly sown seeds or very young seedlings can be protected from water drop impact by sprinkling fine sand on top of them before sowing.

Furthermore, transplanting should take place before the seedlings get too old or too large. It is vital for the healthy growth of your plants to use a high quality soil or mixture that contains enough nutrients. If you can't find such soil, you can opt for adding liquid fertilizer once every 2 weeks. For young tender seedlings, it is safer to use ½ strength. Finally, before transplanting, the seedlings need to be hardened off by moving them to a place where they have great sun exposure, and ease off on the watering. Consequently, they will be toughened up and won't suffer any setbacks during the transplanting into your small garden space.

All this great information is extracted from a series of books by Master Gardener John Bee on How to Grow Herbs and Veggies in Small-spaces.

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