Making a vegetable patch for the family is a great way to get everyone involved in eating healthy and a fantastic way for both adults and kids to develop green fingers.
If you have a garden, some spare land, or even just a large balcony, you can create a makeshift garden bed that will provide your household with delicious and fresh produce all year round.
Today I’ll be sharing some top tips on how to start a vegetable patch as well as sharing vegetable patch ideas and tips.
Growing a Vegetable Patch
When it comes to growing a vegetable patch, there are a few things you need to consider before you get started.
First of all, you need to make sure that you have enough space to grow veg. A vegetable patch can be as small or as large as you like but remember, the bigger the space, the more vegetables you’ll be able to grow.
You also need to make sure that you have a good supply of water. Vegetables need to be watered regularly, especially during the hotter months. If you’re growing your veggie patch in pots or containers, you’ll need to water them more often than if they’re in the ground.
Making a Vegetable Patch: Soil Quality
Another thing to consider when making a veg patch is the type of soil you have. Vegetables need to retain moisture so make sure you’re using a good quality potting mix or garden soil.
If you’re growing vegetables in pots or containers, you can buy the potting mix or soil-based compost from your local garden center.
But if you’re growing your veg patch in the ground, you need to make sure that the soil is good quality and has plenty of nutrients.
Quality Soil for Your Garden Bed
Quality soil is really important, whether you have a veg plot, raised beds, or simple pots.
The best way to test your soil is to take a sample to your local garden center or nursery and they will be able to tell you what type of soil patch you have and what nutrients it lacks.
Perform a PH Test
The garden center can perform a ph test, check for neutral soil and valuable nutrients.
If you’re growing in the ground, you can also improve the quality of your soil by adding compost or well-rotted manure. You can read more about making your garden greener by using compost and topsoil over at Ningbo.
Your Vegetable Garden Needs Lots of Sunshine
Vegetable gardens need full sun for at least six hours a day so that the vegetable plants can grow properly.
If you’re growing a new vegetable in an area that doesn’t get much sun, you might need to consider planting shade-tolerant vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, and Swiss chard.
Ready to Start Planting?
Now that you’ve considered all of the above, you’re ready to start planting your veg patch. Planting time can be fun and a great way to get your hands dirty with the rest of the family as you plant and grow vegetables together.
When to Plant Your Vegetable Patch
The best time to plant your vegetable patch is in the spring when the weather is starting to warm up.
If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, the best time to plant is in autumn. You can prepare your garden in early spring ready for the growing season.
In most parts of the country, the frost-free date is the best time to plant your veg patch.
This is the date when there’s no risk of frost and the temperatures are warm enough for vegetables to germinate and grow.
What to Plant in Your Vegetable Patch
Now that you know when to plant your veg patch, it’s time to start thinking about what to plant.
Even if it’s a small garden veg patch you can grow plenty of veggies no matter what the climate.
There are a few things you need to consider such as the climate, the space you have, and what type of vegetables you like to eat.
Cold Climate Vegetable Patch
If you’re growing in a cold climate, it’s best to stick to root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and beetroot.
Growing veg doesn’t have to be difficult and you can get creative with what you plant.
More cold climate vegetables include:
- Brussels Sprouts
Warm Climate Vegetable Patch
If you live in a warm climate, you’re lucky because you can pretty much grow any type of vegetable.
Some of the most popular vegetables to grow in a warm climate are:
- pole beans
The great thing about growing your own vegetables is that you can choose whatever you like to eat.
What Is Companion Planting?
Companion planting is when you grow two or more different types of plants together.
Some plants benefit from being grown next to each other as they can help each other to grow better.
For example, tomatoes and basil make great companions as they help each other to grow and also taste great together.
More examples of this type of planting include:
- Cabbage and celery
- Beans and potatoes
- Chives and carrots
- Marigolds and tomatoes
The 5 Vegetable Sub Groups
There are 5 main groups of vegetables and these are:
1. Leafy greens
2. Root vegetables
5. Stem vegetables
Some examples of leafy greens include lettuce, spinach, and kale. These vegetables are easy to grow and don’t take up much space.
Leafy greens are generally taller plants and need to be planted further apart so that they have room to grow.
Root vegetables are vegetables that grow underground such as carrots, potatoes, and beetroot. These types of vegetables are perfect for cold climate gardens.
Carefully dig a hole that is twice the size of the root ball and add some compost to the hole. Gently place the root vegetable in the hole and cover it with soil.
Fruit vegetables include tomatoes, capsicums, and eggplants. These are all warm climate vegetables that need plenty of sun to grow.
Fruits are generally higher maintenance than other vegetables and need to be watered regularly.
Be sure to use plenty of organic matter, grass clippings, and compost when you’re planting your seeds as this will help to store moisture.
Some vegetables produce flowers such as zucchini and pumpkins. These vegetables are easy to grow and don’t require much space.
When growing a new vegetable that you haven’t tried before be sure to look up top tips and learn about the time for growing and harvesting.
Stem vegetables are vegetables that grow on a stalk such as beans and peas. These types of vegetables are perfect for warm climate gardens.
Get Ready to Build Your New Vegetable Patch
Now that you know what type of vegetables to grow, it’s time to start planting your veg patch and deciding whether you plan to use the entire garden, a garden bed, a new vegetable patch, or a raised veggie patch area.
Building a Raised Bed Vegetable Patch
If you don’t have much space or if you want to make gardening easier, you can build a raised bed veggie patch.
A raised bed is simply a garden that’s built on top of the ground. They’re great for small spaces and they make it easy to reach your plants without having to bend over.
You can build a raised bed out of Sleepers, bricks, or stones.
Raised Beds Using Sleepers
If you’re using Sleepers, make sure they’re treated so that they don’t rot. You can also line the inside of the raised bed with a weed mat to stop the weeds from growing.
Perennial weeds such as blackberry and couch grass can be a real pain, so it’s worth taking the time to line your raised bed. You need a weed-free area to get the best growth from your new vegetable garden.
Once you’ve built your raised bed, you need to fill it with good-quality soil and sort the edging.
Vegetable Patch Edging
Edging your vegetable patch will make it look neater and it will also stop the grass from invading your garden.
There are a few different ways you can edge vegetable patches; you can use bricks, stones, or logs.
Brick Edging for a Vegetable Patch
Brick edging is a popular choice for veg patches because it’s relatively cheap and it’s easy to do.
Simply lay the bricks on their side and mortar them together. You can use a variety of different bricks to create a pattern or you can keep it simple with one type of brick.
Stone Edging for a Vegetable Patch
If you want to create a more natural look, you can use stones to edge your veg patch.
You can either use flat stones or you can stack them on top of each other. If you’re using flat stones, make sure you mortar them together so that they don’t move.
Log Edging for a Vegetable Patch
Edging your vegetable patch with logs is a great way to add some character to your garden.
You can use whole logs or you can cut them into sections. If you’re using whole logs, make sure they’re the same height so that they look uniform.
Making a Kids Veggie Patch
Whether growing a vegetable plot for yourself or as a project with kids, it’s a great activity to do. Vegetable gardening is a fantastic activity and can be super fun. You can plan your veggie patch with the kids base on the vegetables they like.
Make a Veggie Patch Planner
Create a vegetable patch planner with the family, organize the items you need, and make some super cute DIY vegetable markers so you know which veggies are located in your vegetable patch.
You don’t need to be experienced gardeners to start vegetable gardening and in the long run, growing your own vegetable garden with save money and be better for the environment.
Think of all the packaging you can avoid by growing your own fruit and vegetables.
If you love the idea of having a go at vegetable gardening but are worried about making mistakes, don’t worry, it’s super simple and easy to get started with a vegetable garden
I hope this article is full of helpful tips and advice so that you can get started with confidence. Happy Gardening!