Vegetable Gardening: How to Plan a Highly Productive Garden

Vegetable Gardening: How to Plan a Highly Productive Garden


[Music] Growing your own fruit and
vegetables is a satisfying way of guaranteeing healthy produce. Making the most the space you have
available is key to maximising the abundance of what you grow. In this video we present 5 simple
steps for a productive garden brimming with homegrown goodness. Every productive garden has healthy soil at its heart. Most soils can be greatly improved by adding well-rotted organic matter, such as garden compost or manure from
organic farms or other sources where no persistent
herbicides have been used. Organic matter is rich in beneficial
microbes that make the nutrients contained in
soil available to plants’ roots. It also improves soil structure, retaining
moisture within quick-draining sandy soils while helping waterlog-prone soils such
as clay to drain more easily. Add organic matter as you dig your
soil before the season starts. If it’s already been dug, or you practice no-dig gardening, simply leave it on top, or use a garden fork to tickle it into the top few inches of soil. The worms will do the rest of the work for you. Organic matter can also be added around established plants such as fruit trees and bushes, or laid into the bottom of planting holes for
very hungry vegetables such as climbing beans or squashes. The secret to getting the most
from your plot is careful planning. By setting out what,
when, and where you want to grow in advance you can ensure that soil is rarely left bare, and there is always something ready to be harvested. Our Garden Planner offers a time-saving
tool for planning your garden. Start by defining its dimensions, then select and drop into place structures and permanent features such as fences, paths
greenhouses and raised beds. Objects can be resized and moved around
to accurately reflect your garden’s layout. Use the plant selection bar to select and
drag out rows or groups of crops. By taking the time to make a plan you
can make sure that every space is filled, leaving little room for weeds and no
excuse for unproductive gaps. See our video on How to Plan a
Vegetable Garden for more advice. Maximize harvests by choosing the most
abundant types of fruits and vegetables and the most prolific varieties. For example, a row of climbing beans will produce
many pounds of pods over the growing season, making the most of vertical space and
giving a greater yield for that space. Vegetables such as zucchini,
squash or kale are notoriously prolific, while others like radish, salad leaves and spring onions grow so rapidly they can be sown repeatedly throughout the growing season to give several harvests. For fast growing crops, plant in succession so that one crop is ready to sow or plant
as soon as another has finished. For example, leeks could
follow on from early peas, spinach can replace onions, while spring cabbages will be ready to plant out after broad (fava) beans have finished. It’s easy to plan this in the Garden Planner using the Succession Planting feature. Simply double-click a plant to set it’s in-ground dates, then view your plan month-by-month so you can quickly see where gaps will appear. Then, using the Custom Filter button, you can
choose to show only plants that can be sown or planted
during a particular month. Some crops are especially high yielding. Hybrid varieties may have been bred to
resist disease, or adverse growing conditions such as
drought, or to give bigger, more predictable yields. Other varieties
give two uses for the price of one. For example, some apples can be eaten
straight from the tree or cooked. Productive gardens aren’t just for
the summer months. Grow all year round by starting off
early season vegetables within the warmth of a greenhouse or cold frame. When the weather outside has warmed up the young plants can be planted out, giving you a head start on those sown outdoors. Tender crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers
and chilli peppers can be sown weeks ahead so that they’re
ready to plant out as soon as the date of the last frost has
passed. Our Garden Planner will tell you the
best time to sow and plant based on climate data for your area. Outdoors, soil can be warmed in advance of sowing by covering it over with row tunnels, cloches, clear plastic, or horticultural fleece. Position the covers at least 2 weeks
beforehand to trap the sun’s warmth long enough to
penetrate the top few inches of soil. Keep them in place after sowing to
encourage quick germination and a quicker harvest. Covers can also be placed onto established crops at the end of the summer to extend the season, or use them to grow
a winter crop of hardy salad leaves. Competition from your crops comes in the form of weeds, pests and diseases that will slow down growth and compromise your garden’s productivity. Keep on top of weeds by hoeing regularly or hand-pulling, or use scissors to avoid disturbing the roots of young seedlings. Lay down a mulch of organic matter at
least an inch thick to check weed growth. Weed-suppressing membranes can be set
around permanent plants such as fruit trees and bushes. Once your seedlings are growing don’t forget that they can be delicious for garden pests too. Slug traps filled with beer will help
prevent devastation by molluscs. Protect vegetables prone to pigeon
damage with netting or use micromesh or other fine
coverings to guard against insect pests such as whitefly, caterpillars, and carrot fly. Fruit can be grown inside a fruit cage to exclude hungry birds. You can also encourage pest predators
into the garden to reduce the need for pesticides while
boosting productivity. Do this by providing suitable habitats
such as ponds, insect hotels, and log or stone piles, and by mixing in beneficial insect-attracting flowers such as calendula into your plan. A garden that’s productive is a place of great beauty. It’s achievable given the combination of
planning, dedication, and just a little tender loving care. Please share your tips or questions by
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21 thoughts on “Vegetable Gardening: How to Plan a Highly Productive Garden

  1. Hi just wondering do you have plans for an android version of your software there are many android users out there and I feel you are restricting your market by not providing an android solution love the concept of your product and would definitely buy it if it came available

  2. I really like the suggestions about dealing with pests. We have been finding it difficult to grow vegetables on our terrace this season because of squirrels, crows, and peacocks and peahens. I suppose we need is a mesh now. 

  3. I have a question, how make grow my straberry tanks an sorry for my english, but i don't speak, i mexican and speak spanish

  4. Hi Guys, good video! I am a total beginner, but I never give up. I have been trying many times to grow tomatoes on pots, but they died :''( now I sew the seedling inside the house and moved them out so they are growing yeay!. I transplanted the plant and I put lot of crashed egg shells on the bottom. I have concerns about the fertilizer, I prepare the soil with cow manure and soil for vegetable, but don't know when add more fertilizer, I have two bottles with liquid fertilizer named seasol, one is for veggies and tomatoes and the other it says fish food. One cap is for 9 lts, and my veg garden is 3 meters by 2 mts. I live in a subtropical area, so we get a long of rain on Summer and winter temperatures are about 20 degrees. I am also trying with bush beans, but I don't why they started getting small dark holes on the leaves. I water the plant every two days when we have not gotten any rain. Also beetroot is a pain in the butt, I have beautiful seedlings, but they never grow, or lettuce I have an small greenhouse with a plastic lead and holes that you can cover to keep moisture or let the air come in, but the lettuce start growing ok, but then they just simple died. I don't know if is too much moisture or not enough air is very frustrating snif 🙁  any help is much appreciated. 

  5.  OMG!!!! Those videos are so amazing! I loved it! You teach so well how to do things, it is really great! keep doing it pleaseeeeee >.< 
    (ooh, and I am sorry if there is anything wrong with my English…)

  6. Wow, really great channel! Well done! Thank you very much for the informative and easy to follow videos :)) ♡

  7. hi great videos very informative for a newbie, im in the process of planing my fruit and veg garden im choosing to build 2ft high raised bed for many reason i can't just plant in the ground due to having pets children very bad soil and the list goes on , and id like it as a bit of a feature so my question is what the best soils that i can go out a buy reasonably do i use to fill my raised beds with? im going down the organic root and will also be building a worm compost too for the future use for worm casting and worm tea 🙂

  8. Poor slugs…just trying to have a little beer while enjoying the garden, and wham!  On the other hand, you gotta go sometime, and drowning in beer has to beat most ways.  So, slugs:  sorry, not sorry!

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