Balcony, terrace, courtyard, patio… With the new-found freedom, we must not let our guard down. Continue with the same enthusiasm, the same desire, and a bit more method is imperative. It is in the countryside if you have limited time, or in the city, where the place is counted, the mini-gardens are all the rage. This type of vegetable garden to pocket requires the gardener to maximize the crops and the harvests.
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The goal is not to feed a family year round, but to take pleasure in the garden, make meals, and be able to troubleshoot when we don’t have time to go to the market.
Priority, growing salad to pick all year round, some vegetables that are easy to maintain, and all the aromatic. With a good location, every day, even in winter, you’ll be able to report in the kitchen of radishes, a handful of arugula, or a few fragrant herbs.
On the balcony, a kitchen garden at your height, it is convenient !
On feet, the vegetable garden is easier to order, because having to reach of eyes and hands forced to a perfect.
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Crop Rotation, good associations, aesthetics, nothing is left to chance. It becomes backdrop to a full-fledged, the central element of the balcony or the terrace. Many models are available.
Mini, even in the garden
The square of wood, to organize as they want, contribute to the architecture of the garden and allow you to marry the beautiful and the greedy ! Split each square into several mini-squares, rectangles and even triangles, in order to play with the lines, and to better manage seedlings and plantations.
Sun required ! To install your vegetable garden, choose a location well flat, and the sun, although a small plot of land can be half-shade, for the persil or chervil, and radish in the middle of summer.
Piquetez, with the help of bamboo, the location or locations chosen, in function of the shape of the ground, and stretch a tape laminated construction. Check to see if the locations are suitable for you aesthetically, you posting all sides of the garden and the house.
It only remains for you to mount your vegetable gardens, loungers and large boxes without background, on a ground well prepared, and then to fill them, the simplest being to deliver a few cubic metres of topsoil. Carefully choose your provider, so that it does not bring you a mixture… of pebbles ! It happens very often ! When you’ve shoveled this earth, add compost.
Elevated, even in the garden
If you have the option of getting stones, or to cut a brick or any other material, why not create structures that are more high than the traditional square wooden ? Positioned so that you can make the turn without difficulty, they must not be more than 1.20 m wide.
The benefits of vegetable gardens raised are many.
• Elegance, aesthetic structuring of space.
• Optimization of the lesser cm2.
• In the shelter of the seeding spontaneous from the surrounding garden.
• The dogs can’t feed the rabbits no more. But we can’t ban the cats !
• The earth is warmer.
• Convenient for gardeners with limited mobility : disability, bad back, age.
• The kids love having a little corner.
• Everything is at hand, and invites you to touch, to feel, to taste…
• Vegetables are closer together, perfect for companionship.
• The works are done manually. Good method for gardening organic !
The schedule according to the seasons
In the spring, the weather is mostly devoted to the planting and establishment of young plants, and in the summer, maintenance, staking, watering and mulching. Prepare a programme on the year, taking into account the crop rotation.
A plant takes always the same elements in the soil, resulting in a deficiency. It is necessary to change each year the location of the vegetables of the same family to get them to come back every 2 or 3 years in the same place.
Don’t forget the good associations. Mix the vegetables by affinity is a measure of success.
For the beauty, the health of the garden and for attracting butterflies and birds, let him ride in flowers a foot of lettuce (especially chicory), to blue (gorgeous), or a cabbage, which flourishes in cut-yellow, drag a few seeds of borage, marigold and nasturtium, and adopt the dandelions savages who are invited.
All of these herbs and flowers used to decorate salads and contribute to the diversity, the guarantor of the balance. There is no better fight against diseases and parasites. A vegetable garden healthy and productive, it is the synthesis between a living soil, the plants that come to the rescue of the plants and a good crop rotation.
Between each culture, add compost. And never leave the soil bare. Sow green manures, mulch !