Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening - How to grow your own Food
When it comes to vegetable gardening, it is always wise to have a plan at hand on which vegetables you would like to grow. Now, I am absolutely convinced that you can grow vegetables almost in every single corner of the world. What is of most importance is that you use your water supply accordingly in an intelligent kind of way - do not waste any water at all, collect rain water, ground water, you could even melt snow if you are living, like I did, in an environment where its cold and snowy 6 months per year.
I have grown cucumbers, pumpkin and squash - hokkaido is my favorite amongst these -, tomatoes, bell peppers and chili, zucchini, eggplants, and lots of green beans, potatoes and onions and many more.
I have dealt with a lot of issues as well. Especially in my raised bed I have dealt with slugs and ants that I had no control over. They have eaten up my tomatoes, and made most of my harvest inedible.
I also have tried different natural remedies against these little issues.
There are many issues, as I have learned, to deal with when it comes to growing your own food. And again every environment is different and every spot might attract a different type of so called "pests".
I have tried to grow lavender around it...
I have tried to make my own stinging nettle tea and spray it on most of my vegetables...
But they always came back in one way or another.
In order to save water throughout a hot and dry summer, I have put straw or hay on top of the soil, which is a great helper and definitely something that I will keep continuing to do.
Now, when its cold the straw puts a nice layer of insulation on top of your soil. But when its hot and dry, the straw will protect the soil from drying out. The effect is that the soil will be moist even when its hot and dry and you can water less.
What I like about raised gardening is pretty obvious; it is highly efficient, you can keep control over your soil, you can save water, and grow a lot of food with little space.