When you plant vegetables in your garden, you obviously want the best flavor from your plants. Below are tips to help you grow the best tasting vegetables.
Soil is vitally important:
As you know your plants draw nutrients from the soil. So the better your soil is, the greater chance you’ll have good tasting vegetables to bring to your table.
Adding organic matter is one of the best ways to improve the soil.
Mulching is also excellent for vegetable gardens. Apply mulch on a still day and water it well to weigh it down.
Plant the right crops for your region:
If you don’t pay attention to what grows best in your area, you’re not planting properly for your own garden zone.
Check the info on the back of the seed packet to see if you have time for the plant to reach full maturity during your growing season.
Watering your vegetables:
Vegetables need a consistent watering schedule. If you apply too much water you might not get any vegetables. If you water too much you can drown the roots.
Vegetables, after all, are mostly water. Below is the water content for commonly grown vegetables:
- Cucumbers and and lettuce: 96 percent
- Zucchini, radish and celery: 95 percent
- Tomatoes: 94 percent
- Green cabbage: 93 percent
- Cauliflower, eggplant, red cabbage, peppers and spinach: 92 percent.
- Broccoli: 91 percent
- Carrots: 87 percent
- Green peas and white potatoes: 79 percent
Water your plants an inch per week. Here’s a breakdown of how to calculate the water needed: An inch of rain is 60 gallons per hundred square feet.
If you want to use a rain gauge, this will let you know how much rain your garden is receiving. Thus, how much you need to water to make up the difference.
Collecting rainwater is free. And it contains beneficial trace nutrients.
When you water, water deeply. Apply water 2-3 times a week and water deeply instead of watering every day.
Ideally, watering deeply means moistening the soil to a depth of 6 inches. This encourages plants to send roots well into the ground. And deep roots help plants sustain stress caused by hot and dry weather.
The right sun exposure:
Not many vegetables will grow properly with less than half a day of sun. Before you plant keep an eye on areas of your yard to see which area gets the most sun.
When gardening in containers, you can move your plants around to get the proper sun exposure.
Improving the taste of vegetables:
If you wonder why store-bought vegetables lack flavor it’s because they’re grown in the wrong season. Some vegetables love cool weather and others prefer warm weather.
Companion planting help deter pests, promotes growth and improves flavor. For instance, plant rosemary with beans or basil under your tomatoes.
Natural remedy gardening:
Another pest management solution is to garden vertically.
Gardening vertically makes fertilizing, watering, pruning and harvesting much more convenient and saves your back. It also improves air circulation and takes up less space.
You can use a trellis to support tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and small melons.