Until a few years ago, having your own vegetable garden was considered suitable only if you lived in the countryside or for people above a certain age. For some time now this trend has (fortunately) changed. he desire for healthy, seasonal food together with the satisfaction of seeing fruit develop from plants that you have taken so much care over, as well as the anti-stress power of nature, have turned this activity into something really cool. If you have also created a small paradise of vegetables, aromatic plants and fruits in the garden or on your terrace, then you may be interested in the advice from Coldiretti on how to create the perfect vegetable garden: we will summarize it here.
10 tips on how to create the perfect vegetable garden
- The right space. If you have a garden, the best way to grow your vegetables is on the ground, but a balcony or terrace can also be a good alternative, the important thing is to choose a sunny and ventilated area.
- Seasonality. Every period of the year has its own produce: before choosing what to grow, you must be familiar with the sowing calendar.
- Enough time. Before deciding to create a vegetable garden, bear in mind that you will have to devote quite a bit of time to it and take care of it on a regular basis. A good way to reduce time is to transplant already developed seedlings.
- Good soil. Organic plant compost or all-purpose soil are the best ways for maintaining a good level of fertility.
- Seeds and seedlings. Try to divide your garden into different sections, depending on each vegetable’s growing cycle. For example, beans, peas and broad beans have a long cycle, while radishes, rocket and carrots have a short cycle.
- Transplant. Plants need to have adequate space to grow well: when they get bigger than their container, remember to transplant them.
- Water. The soil should always be moist, but never wet. Therefore adjust watering according to the temperature and the plants’ development. Also pay attention to the quality of the water: avoid excessive amounts of limestone and chlorine.
- Temperature. During periods of the year when there is a risk of night frosts, protect your plants with insulating sheets.
- Parasites. To limit insect attacks, use special nets and periodically check their presence. Try to avoid pesticides however, unless you’re an expert.
- Cost. This is not a very expensive hobby: according to Coldiretti the basic investment for an area of 20 square metres is about 250 euros. Also consider that then the plants will pay you back with their fruits!