Building And Planting Vegetable Gardens?
The structure of your vegetable garden does not have to be entirely functional; it should also look and feel good. Making some decorative arches and some cages for tomatoes and the like not only makes your garden look good but also helps it yield more crops. After all, there is more to building and planting vegetable gardens than just cultivating a bit of ground.
Function Over Form
The most well known garden structures are those that are designed to not only support the plants and give them the room to do their thing climbing, they also have to hold up the weight of fruit and other produce too.
Building cages and poles actually gives you a vertical garden which boosts your produce per square foot since in effect you have more space to plant in the ground than if the plants were sprawling about.
Vegetables like cucumbers, peas, peppers and eggplants need plenty of garden support. Carrying these vegetables above ground not only will give you better crops it also protects it from insects that live in the soil. Furthermore, the fruits will be less likely to rot if planted and supported this way. Creating other support structures like stakes and cages will actually help in getting your plants to grow stronger and of course taller than they otherwise would.
Choose Your Structure
If you are intending to shop for the stuff for your garden online or in a garden store, you’ll notice how many choices there are when it comes to garden support structures. A great online garden resource is a company called Garden Supply Company. Not only do they have a mail-order catalogue, they actually make trellises for plants like cucumbers that serve as a shade to neighboring plants. You can get tomato cages, spiral supports, bean towers, maypoles and other, sometimes surprising, creations.
Garden structures vary a lot in terms of form and function. This is basically because they are not only there to support the plants they also make your garden look good. The best kind of garden is not only beautiful, but also enhances the healthy condition of the vegetables planted there. Its your retreat, you want it to feel as good as you do!
Form over Function
There really are many options when it comes to putting together your vegetable garden especially if you’re purpose is mainly aesthetic. You can have ornaments like arches, trellises or archways to enhance the look of your garden. You can always make your own too. You can even build walls or doorways to surround your garden for extra visual appeal.
For gardens like these, you can, and should, decorate them with ornamental plants in addition to vegetables. You can plant beautiful flowers to cover your trellis but remember to choose flowers that are sun friendly and attract helpful insects. Building and planting vegetable gardens should provide both food and an attractive aspect to your private retreat.