Many of the so-called fresh vegetables we buy in the store today don’t have the same nutritious value of the same vegetables out of our gardens. If you have a vegetable patch, it is important to investigate the fertility of your soil. What if your soil shows a deficiency in one of the basic fertilizers? The secret to growing healthy, nutritious vegetables is good soil. You can buy an inexpensive soil test kit at your local nursery or garden store. Results will reveal your soil’s pH and soil texture.
A high or low pH will result in plant nutrient deficiency. The best pH is anything between 5.5 and 7 as this will ensure your veggies can absorb nutrients. Always add organic matter to the soil which is natural and has the right mix of potassium, phosphorous and nitrogen for your vegetables.
Pots are Great for Veggie Growing
With richly fertilized soil, vegetables are stronger and grow faster. Insects find it harder to destroy healthy vegetables grown in rich soil. Remember not all vegetables need to be planted in the ground. In fact, any vegetable that grows in the ground can be grown in a container. If you don’t have space for a vegetable garden, there are some veggies that are quite happy to grow in pots. All you need is a generous-size container filled with good potting soil and a nice sunny spot.
Pots and containers are great for growing veggies and they allow you to also overcome problems such as poorly drained soil. Just remember to choose the right container which provides drainage. The larger the plant’s root system the bigger and deeper the container should be.