Vegetable square: how to get started?

Vegetable square: how to get started?

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As aesthetic as practical, the vegetable patch has met with remarkable success. Thanks to its many advantages, it has conquered budding gardeners as well as the less experienced! And for good reason, with a little will and love, it allows you to make your own crops easily and quickly! Not to mention its small size which allows it to be installed in a garden as on a balcony or a terrace ... It's simple, we find it no fault! To help you get started, discover how to make, cultivate and maintain a vegetable patch!

1. What is a vegetable patch?

Become famous thanks to the work "Square Foot Gardening" of the American gardener, Mel Bartholomew, the vegetable patch made many followers. This cultivation technique consists of gardening in raised squares, the dimensions of which are 1.20m per side. The square is then divided into 16 small squares which offer 16 growing locations. If it has become famous worldwide, it is because it has many advantages. Its main asset remains its small size. Whereas vegetable gardens were previously reserved for the gardens of country houses, it now invests in the urban landscape. Indeed, since it does not take up much space, it allows city dwellers with a sunny terrace and balcony to create their own vegetable patch. The vegetable patch is also ideal for cultivating without fertilizers and pesticides since it is the user who keeps control of the land. Finally, everyone can get started (children and adults) since it does not necessarily require a green thumb to take care of it. As long as you respect the flowering of the plants and put all your heart into it… Obviously!

2. Build your vegetable patch

© Ready to Gardener The traditional (American) vegetable patch offers spaces of 30 cm x 30 cm. But there is also the French method which offers a version of the vegetable patch with 9 locations of 40 cm x 40 cm. Anyway, you have the choice: buy a ready-made vegetable patch or make it yourself. If you get started, re (discover) our tutorial to make a wooden vegetable patch without nails or screws! Of course, all forms are allowed, it all depends on your imagination! When your vegetable patch is ready, you can place a geotextile felt at the bottom to prevent weed growth and spread clay biles for water irrigation. All you have to do is add potting soil enriched with compost and plant your fruits, vegetables and aromatic plants! You can install your vegetable patch on the ground or raise it using wooden stakes. In all cases, remember that a minimum of 6 hours of sunshine per day is needed for the flowering of your plants.

3. What is grown there?

In theory, you can grow anything you want in a square vegetable patch. But, you must take into account the size of your plants so as not to unbalance your crop. In other words, it is advisable to avoid overly bulky varieties such as rhubarb, potatoes or even artichokes which are likely to invade other plants. Here are some vegetables ideal for square cultivation:

  • salads,
  • radish,
  • spinach,
  • tomatoes,
  • peas,
  • cabbage,
  • aromatic herbs…

The ideal is to find out about the conditions for the flowering of each plant. Because, the vegetable patch can allow plants - if studied a minimum - to benefit from the benefits of other varieties. Squash, for example, can take advantage of the nitrogen that beans make in the soil. As for their large leaves, they will shade salads. In short, you will understand, each species can help the growth of another. Just know it!

4. How to maintain a vegetable patch?

© Leroy Merlin Due to its small size, the vegetable patch requires less water than a traditional vegetable patch. But again, watering will depend on the specific needs of each of your plants. Observe the soil in each square and water if it is dry on the surface (especially if the sun is out!). In general, remember to hoe regularly and remove weeds. Our eco tips to protect your vegetable patch from insects: Even if the risk of disease will be less frequent in a vegetable patch, you are not immune to parasites. That's good, there are natural solutions to get rid of it. Because it would be a shame to grow your own and use chemicals, wouldn't it? You can, for example, use coffee grounds to keep pests away or even put down pine needle mulch to prevent slugs from finding refuge in your plantations. So what are you waiting for?


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