Vegetable gardening for beginners, part 5: Management and harvesting

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Growing food in one’s own home has perks such as getting to eat fresh produce, saving money and energy, and even getting to enjoy the great outdoors. 

Although it may seem like an easy thing to do, vegetable gardening requires proper planning in order to succeed. An example of the things to consider are soil and seed selection which were tackled in part 4.

Aside from planning ahead, another way to ensure the success of a vegetable garden is to practice proper management techniques like augmenting the soil with organic matter or fertilizer to maximize yields.

Another practice is to stop weeds from growing in the garden since these compete with the plants for nutrients to help them grow. Cultivate the soil regularly to discourage the growth of weed seedlings. 

Still, weeds aren’t the only thing that could infiltrate a garden. Pests are mostly present if a garden is not well supervised. 

In order to keep pests at bay, use pesticides according to preference. When growing an organic garden, make sure to steer clear of chemical pesticides as this defeats the idea of growing food naturally. 

Once the plants are safe from pests and have bore fruit, the next thing to do is harvest. 

An important thing to remember in growing food in one’s home is to enjoy the produce that comes from the vegetable garden grown with hard work, determination, and tender loving care. 

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