Vegetable Garden Ideas
From seedling to side dish, homegrown vegetables offer a healthy way to craft delicious and appetizing meals while enjoying the therapeutic benefits of gardening. Watch as a seed grows into a small plant that produces fruit or vegetables. Whether you're seeking inspiration for a new vegetable garden or revamping an existing one, these garden design ideas can help you create a unique space for you to grow your favorite vegetables.
Try a Raised Vegetable Garden
Instead of disrupting the soil in your backyard, build a raised garden bed above the ground. This allows for better drainage, so your plants are less likely to be overwatered. Opt for pre-fabricated raised garden beds, or you can build your own with a few wood planks.
Create Uniquely Shaped Garden Beds
Instead of a typical square or rectangular, landscape your garden as you would the rest of your yard. Design a circular area to plant your vegetables or use multiple sides to create octagons, pentagons and other interesting shapes. You can even design a garden with a zig-zag pattern that lets you reach all of the plants easily when it's time to prune or harvest the veggies.
Set up Multiple Containers
If you have limited space, consider a potted vegetable garden. Grow many of your favorite vegetables in planters without having to worry about the amount of space that a larger garden may occupy in your yard. Containers and planters are also ideal for patios and balconies.
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Make a Few Small Garden Beds
Instead of having one large garden that you need to walk all the way through, create small, accessible garden beds with pathways between them. Try to keep each bed smaller than four feet around, so that you can easily reach all of the plants from outside the perimeter.
Use Trellises for a Climbing Vegetable Garden
Some vegetables, like tomatoes, grow best when they're able to climb a support like a trellis or an arbor. What's more, climbing vines make for a classically beautiful look for any garden. Other climbing fruits and vegetables include pole beans, sugar snap peas, sugar baby watermelons, cucumbers and pattypan squash.
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Develop a Routine
Get into a daily cadence to check your plants early. Water your plants at least once a day; if you have a container garden, water twice daily. Inspect them for pests, dead leaves and other signs of distress. Remove any dead leaves or branches as well as any parasites that could be damaging to your yield. Once your plants start producing fruit, check for ripe vegetables and pick them daily.