Tips on how to grow a successful garden
by Mindi Kiewert
There are many different factors you must take into account for growing your perfect vegetable garden.
First things first, find the right location when looking for a future place for your gardening venture. One should seek out a spot near the house, preferably an area with great soil and an unhindered source of light during all parts of the day.
Make sure you have the right amount of space. As a matter of fact space is really important. You can pack a lot of different vegetables into an area, but you have to give those vegetables room to grow, and not absorb all the nutrients from the other vegetables you have planted.
Then you need to decide what vegetables you want to grow, what will flourish in the space you have provided, and what will be successful in your region, and what time of year is best for your vegetables?
Next comes planting, and that is the fun part! You have spent so much time researching what you want to grow, what will be successful, and how to make it successful, and now you get to plant, and watch the fruits of your labor flourish (literally and metaphorically!).
But, what happens when all of the hard work is threatened by pesky critters and bugs who want to eat and destroy your garden?
Here are a few simple steps to take to make sure that does not happen.
1. Think about building your garden up.
Plant your garden in a protective box, which has built up sides. You can also use wire to build fences around the garden.
Just remember, deer can jump quite high, so a fence height of 6-8 feet would be recommended. Also, rabbits and moles want to get to your vegetables. They will burrow their way in to find some delicious goodies for themselves.
One way to keep these pests out is by building a trench around your garden and putting chicken wire into the trench ground. This will help ensure that those clever rabbits and moles cannot get to your edible-garden vegetables.
2. If you don’t want to build a box or fence around your garden, or what you have built is still not keeping the critters out. Try using animal repellents. It doesn't hurt your unwanted guest, and saves alot of hard work building a fence.
Animal repellents are safe, effective, and are organic.
There are many different kinds of repellents to choose from.
A. Concentrates that you spray has an odor and a taste deterent that is not attractive to these pests wishing to gain entry to your vegetables.
B. Granules that can be easily spread, rather than sprayed around the perimeters of the garden is another protective method to preven pest entry.
C. You might also want to try motion sensor water sprinkler that will shoot water to scare off the pest.
The most common unwanted vegetable garden guests are rabbits, moles, deer, and snakes.
3. Owls are your best friend! You can either buy some look a likes and place around your garden, or try and attract actual owls to live in your garden.
Build an Owl box, to provide them with a safe and warm shelter.
4. Last but not least, spray your garden.
Spray to fertilize it, and spray to project it.
There are great pesticides out there to protect your garden from insects.
Now that you know how to protect your garden from animals and insects that can potentially harm your vegetation, what are you waiting for?
Go! Build the garden of your dreams, and take solace in the fact that you are well equipped with the know-how on how to protect your hard work, and your prized vegetables!