There are many things that prompt people to think about starting their own vegetable gardens. Maybe they’ve purchased their first home and have a backyard for the first time. Maybe they’ve made some lifestyle choices towards eating healthier and want to try to grow their own fresh produce. Maybe they want to start a new hobby and gardening is interesting to them. No matter the case, vegetable gardening can be a great endeavor to embark upon for people young and old.
At first the whole concept of growing vegetables can seem rather daunting when someone is first starting out. Keeping some basic concepts in mind can help make growing vegetables much easier and hopefully more successful.
Over the last couple of decades, raised bed gardening has gained immense popularity amongst homeowners but it’s actually a gardening concept that has been around for centuries. In essence, raised bed gardening is when a large planting box is used to grow plants instead of sewing them directly into the ground. Not only do the raised beds, or “garden boxes” add an aesthetic element to the yard and garden, they provide many advantages to the homeowner over traditional gardening.
Gardeners have watering habits that vary widely they may leave their plants to sit dry until they are almost withering or they might pamper the plants by drowning them in too much water. Either of these extremes goes on to stress the plant and the weak ones are usually the first ones to fall prey to diseases and bugs. This results in fewer vegetables and blooms being produced.
Watering might look simple but in essence, it’s not. It takes finesse to actually water your plants properly. When it comes to vegetables, they are usually quite demanding.
To cut down your water usage where water conservation is concerned, consider the following tips:
Whenever you add compost to your type of soil, you reduce your plant’s need for frequent watering. Studies done have established that when you increase organic matter by 5%, this quadruples the soil’s capacity to hold water.
Using mulch is also another way to reduce the need for water because evaporation is reduced. This helps in cooling the soil or warming it depending on the mulch type used. Mulch has been known to reduce your plants’ water needs by about 50% and in the event that you’re not sure what to use, consider straw. The reason for this is because as it breaks down, it adds organic matter to your soil type so consider using a thick layer that is about 1-3 inches.
Using irrigation is the preferred option and here is where you should consider using the Wise Orchard smart water valve because it not only conserves water, but it also gives your plants exactly what they need without causing unnecessary stress. Knowing how much your garden needs and ensuring that moisture is retained while also distributing water in your garden effectively is another amazing use of the Wise Orchard smart water valve.
We got our first two ripe tomatoes this weekend! As you can see in the photos, there are many more to come. Irrigation powered by Wise Orchard.
Tomatoes are of the black “Kumato” variety . The aroma, intense, sweet flavor and the texture of this tomato makes it ideal for salads, and brings a lively a touch of color to dishes. The crunchy texture of the flesh means they can be cut into very thin slices.
Peppers are Lamuyo red peppers (they’re not ripe yet and they grow quite big). They’re very tasty sweet peppers (non-spicy).
We have been testing the Wise Orchard smart irrigation valve on a small garden and last weekend we saw some of the first tomatoes of the season! They were planted early but they’re doing great thanks to the smart irrigation schedule provided by Wise Orchard.