How to Grow a More Successful Garden

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Fall is harvest time and many gardeners are enjoying the fruits of their labors. Sometimes it seems, though, that a neighbor’s tomatoes or onions did better than your own even though they experienced the same weather patterns. What, then, are some ways to have a healthier, more productive garden?

Consider Seed Selection

We’ve come a long way since gardeners only had one choice of seed type. Now hybrid seeds are available that have been shown to produce the best crops for certain regions. After purchasing your seeds, examine them for any that look dry and shriveled. These seeds contain fewer nutrients than healthy seeds, so remove these seeds to produce healthier seedlings.

Check Your Soil

Once an area has been used several times for crops, the soil can become low on the nutrients plants need to thrive. Consider having your soil tested to see which nutrients it may be lacking and for any other imbalances that may affect your garden. These imbalances are commonly remedied with fertilizers or by adding top soil to your garden.


Garden Arrangement

The way you arrange your garden can affect the amount of sunlight your plants receive if tall plants block the sun from reaching the lower plants. Notice the direction the path of the sun takes in relation to your garden. Low-lying plants should be further east than tall plants, so as the sun rises all plants have access to sunlight. Also notice if any other structures or plants obstruct the sunlight or suck away nutrients from your garden.

Timing

All plants vary on growth period, but they also rely on certain conditions to be able to produce. Some need cooler, mild weather to produce. Others rely on heat to know when to flower and produce. Depending on which condition each individual plant needs, some plants will need to be planted sooner than others.

Companion Plants

Some plants, if grown close together can help each other while other can inhibit each other’s growth. Potatoes can inhibit the development of tomatoes or squash. Beans inhibit the growth of onions. Broccoli also inhibits the growth of tomatoes, and carrots inhibit the growth of dill. To avoid this problem, make sure to separate plants that could hinder each other’s growth.

Water

Vegetable gardens in particular need regular watering. Consider creating a set schedule of when you water your vegetables. Using a soaker hose can make watering easy because all you have to do is turn it on, and it evenly waters the plants without getting the leaves wet.

This is a guest post.  Christina Sanders writes for several blogs nationwide. For more information about seed selection please visit CropFax.

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