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Tips to boost your vegetable garden's yield

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Are you looking to start your own vegetable garden and reap the rewards?

Whether you're new to the gardening game or looking to get more out of your veggie garden, you've come to the right place.

Yes, it still requires diligence and patience, but other factors, including maintaining healthy soil, plant location, and protection, play a role in taking you from a good crop to a bountiful harvest.

We've got the inside scoop, and these tips will help you get the best yield in your vegetable garden.

1. Nourish your soil

For crops that aren't producing as much as you had anticipated, you need to get to the root of the problem and ask yourself, "Am I providing them with enough nutrients?".

Growth can be stunted when your plants aren't receiving adequate nutrients from the soil, so ensure you use deep, nutrient-rich soils.

You can nourish the soil with organic matter such as:

  • Compost
  • Leaf mould
  • Manure

Providing your plants with deep and well-nourished soil will allow them to grow extensive root systems in order to grow strong.

2. Feed your plants

Look, you could just plant a few seeds and water them diligently, but in order to grow a crop to impress, you've got to give them more. Trust us; using fertiliser is a key component in production.

We understand that not everyone is a fan of fertilisers, but there are natural alternatives. In place of fertilisers, you could also grow a comfrey patch right next to your compost bin.

From comfrey, you can brew comfrey tea, a potent fertiliser that's magic for growing plants (especially tomatoes).

You can also try draping comfrey leaves around other plants or add them to your compost heap to make it more effective.

3. Grow in dedicated beds

Placing your plants in dedicated beds is a great way of using your space well and focusing your resources on those plants.

You can also design this area to have access from all sides, making it easier for you to reach every plant. You're also able to add organic matter directly to the beds, so you'll never waste it on paths.

4. Choose plants that thrive

Now you might think that this sounds like a bit of a cheat but choose hardy plants that thrive in almost every climate.

This way, your mates will always be impressed with how good your garden looks, and you'd need to put in a fraction of the effort to get it there.

It's not all about just having a good-looking garden, though; plants that thrive in different climates will also produce bigger and stronger harvests.

Choose plants specific to your climate as well. For instance, sweet potatoes thrive in warmer climates, while cabbage prefers colder climates.

5. Grow more in the shade

To increase productivity, you have to use the space you have to work with well. That means using all the space that's available, including shady areas.

We know what you're thinking: plants need the sun, right? True, but some plants flourish better when they're away from direct sunlight. For example, leafy vegetables like lettuce, leeks, or parsnip might do better in these areas.

6. Collect more rainwater

Water is a costly natural resource, especially if you're using water provided by the government to water your plants.

While this might be necessary for areas with little to no rain, areas that have moderate to heavy rains should utilise natural rainfall as much as possible.

Install water tanks, establish effective water collection methods, and even design your plant beds so that they collect runoff efficiently.

There are other benefits to using rain as well. Rainwater has fewer contaminants, is softer, and has a pH level that plants prefer. Plus, doing this will save you some money every month as well.

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7. Extend the growing season

Extending your growing season means pushing it further past when you'd usually harvest.

To do this, get familiar with when winter usually kicks in and ends and then push your growing season as far into this time as you can without damaging your harvest.

Farmers use cold frames, row covers and cloches to allow for sowing and planting a few weeks sooner before the end of winter. You'd be surprised by how two weeks can help your harvest.

Using a greenhouse has proven to be effective in starting your growing season earlier. It provides your plants with the necessary protection they need from the cold and gives you a structure to work off if you need to add any more protection.

8. Space plants correctly

Where you plant your crops in proportion to one another also has an impact on their growth and health. Plants that are too close together might not get enough nutrients and could be more prone to disease.

Likewise, planting them too far away from each other could limit how many you can plant, so you need to find the balance.

As a rule of thumb, planting each plant roughly a foot away should do it. However, if the soil you're planting in is extremely healthy, then you could consider planting plants closer together.

Final thoughts

There's nothing like growing your own fruits and vegetables, but it takes patience, perseverance and having the right garden supplies, such as fertiliser, mulch, and nutrient-rich soil, to name a few.

All the effort and cash that goes into prepping the ground and maintaining the health of your plants pays off in the end when you receive a plentiful harvest.