Category Archives: Vegetable Gardening

Get Your Plants to Water Themselves

If you’re going on holiday and you don’t want your vegetables to die from a lack of water, these vegetable garden tips will absolutely ensure that they survive your time away. Let’s face it, if you’re going on holiday, chances are – so is everybody else! Your neighbours, friends and, of course, family. So, it’s pointless asking them to take care of your plants but, if you follow these tips, you won’t need them.

Mulching

I’m sure you are well aware of the many benefits of mulching plants because it keeps the ground moist and stops water from evaporating too quickly. Plants like that and it also saves you money because you don’t have to apply water as often.

But here’s the thing. Don’t make the mistake of watering the mulch. Rather, water the soil thoroughly first and then put the mulch on. This will cause the moisture in the soil to last longer – sometimes up to a month using sugar cane mulch. You could test this in your area yourself before leaving.

Irrigation Spikes

These irrigation spikes are very easy to use. Grab some used plastic bottles, screw the spikes to the bottles and fill with water. Then insert the spikes into the soil next to your plants.

Indoor Plants

There are several methods to handle indoor plants – some good, some not so good, like the one where you place your plants in the bath with a wet towel. That doesn’t work so well because the towel tends to dry out.

But I particularly like this method because it’s simple and it works.

Get a large, flat tray with no holes and lay several sponges at the bottom. Use ordinary household sponges as they’re cheap and are perfectly adequate for this. Fill with water to cover the sponges and then take your potted plants and place them on top of the sponges.

Leave plenty of space between the plants to ensure that air circulates freely as this will greatly reduce the chances of attracting fungi.

Find a shady spot like on a patio or veranda and put the tray there. Don’t put the tray in direct sunlight; just choose an area where the plants will receive enough daylight while you’re away.

Self – Watering Containers and Probes

If you have some money to spend, a very good option is to use self – watering containers and probes. There are so many different ones available that you won’t have any problem finding those that fit your needs and budget – for example, the Aqua Planter, EarthBox Garden Kit and Vacation Plant Waterers (self – watering probes) are all worth trying.

Just make sure that you set them up properly and follow the instructions carefully so that you don’t get a nasty surprise (dead plants) when you return.

These are all good vegetable garden tips to follow. If nothing else, you won’t feel guilty about leaving your vegetable plants behind and, therefore, will enjoy your holiday a lot more.

Fall Vegetable Gardening Tips

With a bit of careful planning and appropriate timing, you can enjoy a second harvest of cool weather crops throughout the autumn months with fall vegetable gardening …

For most garden enthusiasts, the arrival of fall means a harvest and a long rest for the vegetable garden beds. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. With a bit of careful planning and appropriate timing, you can enjoy a second harvest of cool weather crops throughout the autumn months with fall vegetable gardening. There are a number of vegetables that will thrive in the cooler months of fall, like root vegetables and leafy greens and a variety of cabbages. To select the best fall growers, check packages for descriptions like “cold hardy” or “quick maturity”. This will ensure that the plants you select for your fall vegetable gardening will give you the harvest that you are hoping for.

Fall Vegetable Gardening – Timing

Timing is truly everything when it comes to fall vegetable gardening, since you will want to beat the first hard frost to ensure that you get a good, healthy crop. Some plants don’t even survive the first fall frost, so they would probably not be good choices for your fall vegetable gardening efforts. To find out what the frost calendar is for your area, you can contact your local extension office. They can give you the best ideas of dates to plant for fall vegetable gardening, as well as a list of potential crops that will work well this time of year. Some plants actually like the shorter days and cooler temperatures of the autumn months, and will reward you with sweeter tasting veggies than you would enjoy in the hotter summer harvest.

Fall Vegetable Gardening – Protection

Some of the crops that you choose to plant in your fall vegetable gardening will require some protection to survive the frosty nights of this season. This means that you will need to keep your eye on the weather reports during the months of September and October, and be prepared to cover those vulnerable plants when the temperatures begin to threaten to drop to frost point. You can purchase protection for your plants, or you can construct your own out of old milk bottles or worn bed sheets. By protecting your plants through the colder nights, you can allow them to thrive during the warmer days, and extend your harvest by a few weeks. Some plants will even continue to grow through hard frosts if they have proper protection at night.

Fall vegetable gardening will allow you to enjoy your favourite hobby past the warm weather months, and give you a crop of sweet vegetables that you might be able to enjoy all the way to Thanksgiving with a bit of luck in some areas. Happy fall gardening.