The Vegetable Garden

Gardening Articles

Save Money and Get Healthy by Planting Vegetable Gardens

Instead of setting up a swimming pool or a Zen garden in your backyard, why not plant vegetables instead? Planting vegetable gardens is a great way to spend quiet time de-stressing while getting in touch with nature. Having a steady supply of vegetables will also lessen food expenses and improve the health of your loved ones.

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The Basics of Planting Vegetable Gardens

Not a lot of people try planting vegetable gardens these days, especially not in the city. What with the busy lifestyle, constrained spaces, and pollution, it seems inconceivable that a vegetable garden would survive. The fact is, you can actually grow them even if you are smack in the middle of a busy city. It's only important that you get the basics of planting vegetable gardens right.

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The Problem with Traditional Vegetable Gardening

  • Written by Jonathan White, Environmental Scientist

Traditional vegetable gardens require an enormous amount of hard work and attention - weeding, feeding and strict planting schedules.  There is also the problem of seasonality, allowing beds to rest during the cooler months producing nothing at all. 

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Water Only The Vegetables and Save

While conserving water is on all of our minds having a vegetable garden requires a lot of water. Nothing compares to good ole rain water but it seems to me that we are not getting it like we use to... or at least I'm not in my neck of the woods. Since the rain fall is lacking I need to use my water to make sure my plants have what they need in order to produce. If you are not on well water and have to pay your bill each month like me you will quickly become a conservationist.

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Weed and Insect Control through the Use of Companion Plants

The development of most vegetable plants is slowed down considerably by the occurrence of weeds. To reduce the weed situation for susceptible plants, you can grow different plants for the duration of the prior season so as to dissuade weed development in the soil in the present season. Two such type of plants are kale and rape. Another example is the Tagetes minuta, Mexican marigold. It has been noted that in many cases it has killed couch grass, wild morning glory, ground ivy, ground elder, horsetail, and other chronic weeds that defy nearly all poisons.

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Weed Control Facts

  • Written by Michael J. McGroarty

Keeping your landscape plantings, flower beds, and nursery crops free of weeds is a battle, but if you approach it with a strategic plan, you will prevail. In order to develop a plan, you first must understand how weeds work, and what kind of weeds you are dealing with.

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