Your goal of gathering more produce from your vegetable garden is an admirable one; however, you may be curious about the methods that are likely to be the most productive in this regard. The solution is to have healthy soil, to plan carefully, and to protect your crops from things like weeds, pests, and extreme weather. Let’s delve a little deeper into this topic.
The following is a list of ten tried and true methods that have been shown to increase productivity during the growing season…
1. Give Your Land Some TLC
Soils that are both deep and nutrient-rich encourage the development of extensive root systems and robust plant life. You should add a lot of organic matter to your soil, such as compost, manure, or leaf mould, so that it can get the nutrients it needs. Compost and leaf mould can be easily and inexpensively produced at home; therefore, you should compost everything that you can and place a flourishing composting setup at the centre of your garden.
The addition of the majority of organic matter should take place in the winter as this allows sufficient time for it to become incorporated into the soil before the onset of spring. Then, during the growing season, add additional organic matter by spreading it around existing crops in a layer that is 2–5 centimetres (1-2 inches) thick. This surface mulch will also help to slow the loss of moisture and suppress weed growth, saving you time that would have been spent watering and weeding.
2. Ensure That Your Plants Are Fed
A further application of organic fertiliser, such as liquid seaweed concentrate, will be beneficial to a great number of plant species.