Jordan Musgrove April 14, 2020 Garden
Try growing vining crops on trellises along one side of raised beds, using sturdy end posts with nylon mesh netting or string in between to provide a climbing surface. Tie the growing vines to the trellis. But don’t worry about securing heavy fruits. Even squash and melons will develop thicker stems for support.
Keep watch for damaged produce or other plant parts while you’re harvesting and remove them immediately. Damaged parts sap unnecessary energy and nutrients and promote disease, which is why you need to avoid breaking stems or vines when harvesting. According to the University of Minnesota Extension, if you wound produce in the field, it can develop infections that do not show symptoms until after storage, and those infections can spread to other produce. Harvesting while your crops are wet is another no-no because it also promotes disease.
Almost all vegetables and most flowers need 6-8 hours of full sun each day. So you need to observe your yard throughout the day to figure out which spots receive full sun versus partial or full shade. Don’t despair if your lot is largely shady. You won’t be able to grow tomatoes in shade, but many other plants (e.g., ferns and hostas) love it. This step is important to ensure your plants have their light requirements met so they can thrive. Check plant tags or ask the staff at your local garden center to help you understand out how much sun a plant requires.
Otherwise, starter plants are the most expensive planting option. Plants sold individually generally cost several dollars each, which can add up fast if that’s the only way you stock a large garden. With that said, starter plants save a lot of time. You can begin gardening weeks or months after seed-sowers and still harvest about the same time. It’s an ideal choice for most of a busy gardener’s needs.
Many gardeners grow more food than they want to eat during the growing season. If you allow this food to go to waste, you reduce your financial return. It also threatens plants because many people aren’t motivated to harvest the portion of crops they don’t want and allow them to linger, which can break the plants and stunt production. Fortunately, there are things you can do to avoid food waste.
To get the maximum yields from each bed, pay attention to how you arrange your plants. Avoid planting in square patterns or rows. Instead, stagger the plants by planting in triangles. By doing so, you can fit 10 to 14% more plants in each bed.
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