One of the best feelings a vegetable gardener could ever have would be to see that their efforts were worth it. That is, seeing the process of seeds flourishing into healthy plants and being able to reap gorgeous and nutritious fruits and veggies. Not getting those results in abundance after putting in hard work can really put a dent in your confidence and motivation to continue gardening. Here are 12 Ways to Increase Yield from Your Vegetable Garden.
If you’ve recently had a bad harvest, I’m here to help. Sure, sometimes we set out with the plan to get a certain outcome, but it doesn’t always work. It can be frustrating to follow all the right instructions and the outcome looks…meh.
Seriously annoying! The best thing to do is to realize that there are some things over which you have no control. However, there are a few measures you can take to improve your chances of getting a better yield from your vegetable garden.
Increasing the yield, you can obtain for a few vegetables after examining the period can make a significantly better impact. But how do you go about doing so? What are the necessary steps you need to take to produce better size and quality crops? There are numerous methods for getting a better harvest during your next attempt. Most of these can be quite simple.
These are 12 measures to consider when striving to strengthen your plant systems for a higher yield.
1. Nutrify the Soil
Soils that get adequate nourishment boost plant root systems and develop into strong and healthy plants bearing even better vegetables. You can use different forms of organic matter such as leaf mold and compost and these two are completely free.
The best time to add them to your garden is during the winter times so that every vitamin and mineral can be fully absorbed into the soil by spring. You can then add more during the growing season around your plants. The benefit is that it will help the soil to retain moisture much longer and prevent weeds which is a time saver.
2. Consider Your Location
Don’t just plant any types of fruits and vegetables. Sometimes it’s not that your methods aren’t right but some vegetables grow best in different conditions. Growing what thrives in your soil and environment will result in better growth and larger harvests which seems quite logical.
Doing some research to find those vegetables with remarkable disease resistance in certain climates often produces a higher yield. A good example of vegetables to grow in environments where the scorching sun blazes all summer include tomatoes and sweet potatoes. If you’re located in a much cooler country then perhaps picking cabbage, collards, kale, and spinach are great choices.
3. Ensure Plants Have Ample Space
I know sometimes after planting seeds it can seem that your garden is too spacious. You may think that adding a “few more” seeds will be okay, but it’ll cause a lot more trouble than you’re thinking at that moment. What you don’t want is to plant seeds or seedlings too close together.
If the plants are crammed then spreading roots will be difficult. That then leads to your vegetables not being grown properly and even turning out disfigured. It can even lower yield as theirs little space for crops to form. Space the plants so there’s just enough room to spread and produce the best results.
4. Start Planting Earlier
This is extremely important especially if your growing season has limited time. How can you do this? You can start early by sowing seeds indoors in containers and using grow lights. This means as soon as the temperatures rise too much warmer times, you would have already had seedlings or full-grown plants to transfer to your garden outdoor. Or perhaps you can continue with your indoor gardening.
5. Rotate Vegetables Each Year
Growing one crop every year may be a reason for the plunge in yields from your vegetable garden. Don’t plant the same thing in the same spot three years in a row. Try out new vegetables, it’s a really effective way to increase the number of boxes you’ll need during harvest.
Rotating the crops each year will assist to prevent pest and disease problems, as well as limiting the depletion of the nutrients in the soil. Once you’ve determined what you’ll be growing, plan out where you’ll place different kinds of edibles, then prep and plant your seeds.
6. Use Rain Water
Unlike tap water that flows from the city, rainwater tends to be more suitable for watering plants. Treated city water often contains chemicals but rainwater is mild and has more nutrients that your fruits and vegetables would gladly appreciate.
It has a pH that most plants desire, which promotes more growth all year. To have rainwater, you may use a barrel to collect the fluid and have it for your everyday use. Use a watering can for a lighter flow on the plants. Depending on the length of time it takes for the vegetable you’ve chosen to grow, with that time you’ll notice the difference.
7. Feed Your Plants
To further ensure that your plants yield a sizeable number of fruits and vegetables you need to feed them. A bit of organic fertilizer will do the trick. The fertilizer will not only help your plants generate a higher harvest but also allows them to grow stronger.
The sturdier they are the better easier it will be to withstand disease and pest threats. If you’re having trouble remembering to fertilize, think of your plants as your investments. By adding fertilizer you’ll be taking care of them and in due time you’ll reap some incredibly delicious benefits. If you don’t feed your plants the outcome might not be so great. Plants need to be fed too.
8. Protect Garden from Extreme Weather Elements
You must take a future-proof technique to boost yield over time. Some elements such as extremely high winds can destroy your garden. Consider constructing a garden that can adapt to climate change and harsh weather events more effectively.
When it comes to landscaping and planting, there are several things that can be done to make your garden sturdier and boost the total output over time. These include planting trees close by to block hard winds and terracing slopes to help with water flow to prevent flooding. The soil will be further protected to maintain its minerals and keep your garden fertile.
9. Manage Pests and Diseases
Pests and diseases are two annoying things all gardeners will have to deal with at some point. This especially applies to a vegetable garden.
They can seriously decrease yield even if the problem isn’t threatening the life of your plants. Making sure you’re taking care of the environment can be beneficial. Take off bugs as you see them, and carefully remove any unhealthy plant materials as quickly as possible.
10. Pull All Weeds
Do it! Don’t leave a single weed in your garden. Weeds sprouting in your garden is inevitable. Think of them as athletes competing with your plants for resources. If you don’t routinely pull weeds, they’ll cause your yield to suffer.
Take notice of how often they pop up then make it your duty to uproot them before they steal all the nutrients intended for your vegetables. Keep a weeding tool close by your garden so you’ll always be reminded that weeding is a priority.
11. Help with Hand Pollination
Hand pollination could be the key to increasing your yields during food harvests. Unfortunately, pollinators aren’t always available when we need them. If the alarming fall in the number of bees and other essential insects continues, hand pollination may become your next top priority.
The techniques are easy to learn and can be done by beginners or advanced gardeners. The simplest way to do this is by shaking the plant, especially those with hermaphrodite flowers. Breeze is often enough to cause reproduction of the male and female parts. However, if your garden is sheltered from the wind then shaking can be useful too. Plants with this flower include eggplants, squash, pumpkins, and peppers.
12. Grow Plants Vertically
To preserve space on the ground for planting additional crops, stake or trellis sprawling plants like cucumbers, beans, cantaloupe, and squash. This will conserve garden space while also ensuring all your plants stay healthy. Fungal diseases will be less likely to affect the vegetable plants grown vertically.
These are some of the most effective methods for increasing your vegetable garden’s produce. Take time to think holistically and care for all of your garden’s essential parts. If you do, you’ll have a far better chance of effectively growing a large amount of food.
But don’t lose sight of your enthusiasm. Gardening isn’t always simple, but it’s always rewarding. I want your garden to succeed, so take it slowly and make modifications. As you put these into practice, you will yield bigger and better vegetables next season!
Other Garden Articles
- Benefits Of Growing A Vegetable Garden
- Indoor Vegetable Garden
- Growing Tomatoes From Seeds
- 10 Reasons Why A Raised Bed Is Better
- Growing Strawberries In A Raised Bed.
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