Building and Planting Vegetable Gardens

The Look Good Feel Good Vegetable Garden

white garden arch in the gardenWe grow vegetables because we enjoy them. It doesn't matter whether we enjoy the challenge of growing them, eating the fresh produce or we embrace the benefits to the environment that growing your own vegetables brings. As gardeners, you will be spending a lot of time in your vegetable garden, so it should be a place you enjoy. Your vegetable garden does not have to be entirely fictional; the way it looks and feels should make you feel good.

There is more to creating a vegetable patch than carving out a few rows in a plot of land in your back garden – although this does work for some gardeners. Others go to the other extreme and create a potager garden, highly structures with paving and precisely planted fruits, herbs and vegetables to create patterns and geometric shapes. No matter where you fall in the gardening spectrum, naturalist to perfectly laid out, if you feel good about your garden you're more likely to get out there and care for it.

Adding some extra dimensions to your garden is good for form as well as the vegetables. Your garden doesn't have to simply be rows of green – you can build decorative arches or tomato cages. It makes you're garden look good and promotes a better crop. There is more to vegetable gardening than just cultivating a patch of dirt!

Function Versus Form In The Vegetable Garden

tomato cages - structures in the gardenThe most well known form garden structures are those that are built to sustain plants and give them the room to climb, hold up the weight of its fruits and other plants as well.Building cages and poles lets you have a vertical garden which boosts your produce per square foot since you’ll have more space to plant in the ground.

Vegetables like cucumbers, peas, peppers and eggplants need lots of garden support. By growing these vegetables above the ground you will produce a better crop and you will also protect the plant from insects found living in the soil. If your fruits and vegetables are elevated, they are less likely to rot while sitting on the ground and they will be out of the way of predators like rabbits. When you build support structures for your plants you help them to grow stronger and taller – stakes and cages are all things you can implement in your garden to add form to your vegetable garden.

Choose Your Structure

When it comes to garden structures, there are wondrous varieties, colors and sizes to choose from. Shopping online has opened up even more opportunity to buy exactly what you want when it comes to garden structures. Most online garden supply stores have catalogs they can send you or you can simply browse online. You will be able to find everything from spiral supports to garden trellis in all sorts of colors, shapes and sizes. If you want to shop online for garden products, Amazon is a great place to start.

Remember when you are considering your structures for your garden that they vary in form and function for a reason. They may support plants and make your garden look good, but they will also create shade in your garden for plants which may need things a little cooler. This adds to your garden, making it beautiful as well as enhancing the health of the herbs, plants and vegetables which you plant.

When Form Outweighs Function

garden archEver seen a beautiful yet flimsy trellis you simply cant live without? It's not doing much to support your cucumbers but it looks lovely. If you're after visual appeal in your garden garden structures are ideal. You can build walls, doorways, archways and trellises to enhance the look of your vege patch. There are a multitude of ways to beautify your vegetable garden limited only by your imagination. You can surround your garden, make features internally or use beautiful structures for your plants to climb on or grow up.

If you did buy a beautiful yet flimsy item for your garden, never fear. You don't have to plant one of your vegetables on it, particularly as once they are weighed down by produce your structure may break. Consider planting flowers or lightweight vines on your more decorative structures. Flowers can add another dimension to your garden you may not have yet considered. If you select your flowers carefully you may even find that they will make your vegetables even better by contributing to pest resistance through companion planting and attracting helpful insects.

Vegetable Garden Companions

Everyone loves a good neighbor, and the same is true in the plant world. One lovely example is the trumpet flower. They are beautiful to look at as well as attracting bees into your vegetable garden. You may also consider companion planting herbs. If you are looking to grow juicy organic tomatoes planting Borage with your tomatoes may help ward off garden pests as well as attracting bees with its flowers. Building a bird bath or a small wasp box can attract birds and wasps to your gardens which will help to keep some of the common garden pests away. Remember however, that some birds will eat your crop so think carefully before adding structures such as bird baths to your garden. Keeping your garden appealing to birds and other helpful insects can encourage them to spend more time in your garden. This can help ensure that there are always helpers in your garden to assist you in keeping the pests that attack our vegetables at bay.

Supporting Your Plants

Garden supports are not only there for form, they also play an essential role in the garden. If you use them effectively, you will maximize your crop and the results of your vegetable garden. You cannot simply place the stakes or tomato cages into the ground beside the plant and leave it to grow as it will.

You will need to secure your plant to the structures with twine, old panty hose or any other plant ties which will be secure without damaging the plant. Take care not to tie them too tightly.

Garden stakes are not the most beautiful, but they are certainly functional. Be sure to secure your stakes early or before your plant is planted into the garden soil to ensure that there is no damage to the root system when you are driving the stake into the ground. If your plant is a little larger be sure to plant your stake a little further away to prevent damaging your plant's root system. When you're planting your stakes, be sure to secure them properly – your vegetables are going to grow larger and heaver and need a secure stake to be tied to.

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