Gardening is a lot of work, so you want to get the most out of your efforts. The way you care for your garden affects how much you get to harvest during the growing season. Here are some tips to increase your garden production this growing season.
The earlier you get your garden started, the sooner your plants can start producing. This increases the growing season. But you don’t want to plant outside too soon or the plants won’t grow. You can start your plants indoors to give them a head start. You can also use cloches and cold frames to protect plants from cooler temperatures.
Another way to lengthen the growing season is to stagger your planting of each type of vegetable. For example, start your first batch of corn as early as possible based on the weather. A few weeks later, plant a second round. Planting two or three waves gives you longer production. It also spreads out the harvest so it doesn’t all get ripe at the same time. This can reduce wasted food.
You’ll have better luck with types of veggies that are well-suited to your climate. Don’t try to grow something that only grows well in tropical climates if you live in Iowa. Check with your local nursery to get suggestions on specific varieties of a vegetable that is particularly well-suited for your area. A certain type of tomato plant might generally yield a lot more in your area than other varieties, for example.
Giving your garden lots of TLC during the growing season keeps the plants healthy and producing well. Don’t skimp on watering and fertilizing your plants. Keep them free of weeds. Watch for insect damage and take care of it right away so the plants aren’t destroyed. Healthy plants are naturally going to produce more than those that are weak, malnourished or damaged by insects and disease.
Another way to get the most out of your garden is to maximize the space you have. You want to give the plants enough space to grow, but don’t leave unused space. Growing up is one way to get the most out of the garden space. Use trellises for vegetable that vine, such as squash or beans, so they don’t take up ground space that could be used for other vegetables.
Just like you can start early, you can also push your garden at the end of the growing season to get a few more veggies from it. Use the same cloches and cold frames that you used at the beginning of the season to keep your veggie plants producing in the fall. You can also plant a late crop of cold-weather veggies, like carrots, peas or lettuce, to get more produce out of your garden.