Vegetable garden maintenance is easy when you’ve gone through the process of designing and installing a healthy organic vegetable garden.
Even if you follow the very basic steps I’ve gone through in this series of lessons, you’ve definitely decreased your garden maintenance.
The thick mulch keeps your weeds to a minimum, and the few that come up are really easy to pull. It also keeps the soil moist, vastly decreasing your watering requirements.
It gives homes to all kinds of beneficial organisms that do all kinds of important tasks, like controlling plant predators. And if you get into the detailed ecosystem design in the Smiling Gardener Academy, pests are largely taken care of by a diverse group of critters, especially after a few years of tweaking that ecosystem.
So the main vegetable garden maintenance is really watering. Be sure to water the whole vegetable garden, not just the plants. All organisms in an organic garden need water and you really need to have those organisms be healthy.
You don’t have to do much of any pruning when you’ve taken the time to use the right plants, being sure to plant things that aren’t going to get too big for a space. And you’ll learn that you don’t have to prune plants for their health or anything silly like that – they know how big they should get and how many branches they should grow.
You can bring in microbial inoculants and organic fertilizers, too. I do it to promote the healthiest possible vegetable garden I can, and to grow the healthiest possible food. I’ve talked about them a bit on this blog and in more detail in the Academy.
Do you have questions about vegetable garden maintenance? Feel free to ask below.
Vegetable Garden Maintenance Video Transcript
When you follow the steps in the Academy or even just the steps we’ve been going through in these videos, vegetable garden maintenance becomes really, really easy.
You’ve done such a good job planning and installing things that garden maintenance becomes not much of an issue.
So let me show you here, I’ll point the camera down. First of all, I should just show you something I haven’t mentioned yet and that’s the fact that a vegetable garden.
Although it’s fall right now so mine isn’t in the best shape, you know things are kind of dying back, but you can see how it can be beautifully incorporated into a nice, curvy bed.
It doesn’t have to be out in the back corner of the yard, its right by the house, it’s a really nice, curvy beautiful bed right up by the house there. So, that’s kind of a side point that I should have mentioned somewhere because that’s what I really love is doing that.
So, I want to look at the mulch here first. You know, when we have this mulch here, such a simple inexpensive thing to do and it could be leaves. It could be something else.
But we’ve taken care of most of the weeds and any ones that do come up are so easy to pull.
We have made it so we have to water much less. It’s going to hold water in there in the mulch itself, but more also from stopping evaporation.
It improves the organic matter content of the soil because it breaks down slowly.
It gives homes to all kinds of little critters that organisms, animals and microbes that help control pests so it does everything right. There are just so many benefits to a mulch.
So what it comes down to, the main thing is watering, which I’ll do today here. You want to water properly, deeply, not too often you don’t want to do it every day for a few minutes.
You want to water really deeply, make the roots go down for the water. You want to water the whole soil not just the plants. We need to give water to all the worms and the microorganisms, the fungi, all of that, everything that lives in here needs water in order to make the soil healthy.
That’s why we want to water the whole soil really, really super important, and the mulch. We want to keep the mulch wet, too.
In terms of pruning, I do very little pruning. I’ve learned that a plant knows if it needs to be pruned and if if it thinks that it needs to discard a branch it will do it on its own. There’s no need for us to prune any of this stuff when we plant it.
If you want to pull out unsightly things you can for aesthetics, but it’s for aesthetics. It’s not for the health of the plant, the plant will figure out what to do in terms of pruning.
The other thing I do which I’ve talked about quite a lot on the blog and I get into way more detail in the Academy is I use a lot of biostimulants throughout the year, with my inoculants.
So I’ll mix my EM with something like sea minerals and liquid kelp, the fish, the humic acids, all of that stuff I’ll mix it in water and when I get to watering my plants which I need to do today.
I’m watering them with these really beneficial biostimulants that provide a broad spectrum of nutrients instead of just NPK, and enzymes, proteins, oils, all kinds of active substances, even microorganisms.
I mix them in with my inoculants and I really make a really nice brew which I’m going to teach you how to do in the Academy.
So that’s all there kind of is for vegetable garden maintenance. And we get into a little bit of pest control stuff, but eventually once the organic garden is healthy the pests are going to be largely taken care of.
I’m so excited, I wish I could tell you about the bonuses I have for when you sign up for the Academy. I have some really cool bonuses, free bonuses lined up, but I don’t have them confirmed.
I’m talking with some people I don’t have them firmly in place but as soon as I do you’ll read about them in the information page about the Academy. So I’d better not say them yet but I think that’s really cool.
For those of you who are interested in the Academy I always have some kind of a guarantee, I haven’t quite figured out what it will be for this. But I’ve spend hundreds and hundreds of hours this year and I know it’s good and I know most people are going to love it.
So what I do is I’ll probably do something like a 30 day, risk-free 100% money back guarantee so that you can try it out for 30 days, see if you like it. I know most people will, but some people it may not be what you expected and in that case you can just let me know and I’ll refund all your money no problem.
It doesn’t matter at all to me, I really just want you to try it out and so I’ll definitely have something like that just to make sure everyone gets a chance to try it out and they can feel that they can do it without any risk.
So that’s the last video in this series. So vegetable garden maintenance, it’s about mulching, always keeping the beds mulched, watered, I don’t worry about pruning.
I just worry about mulch, organic matter, water and my biostimulants and my inoculants and then I do some stuff maybe once a year like a little bit of compost and all that kind of stuff.
Certainly though we can get into a lot of detail about how to really do a good job on choosing different mulches, making a sheet mulch, making our compost, mixing all these things together properly and then getting into the design of the vegetable gardens and planting things, all the different ways to plant, planting into sheet mulch and seeding and starting seeds.
I’m excited about next year’s, there’s a whole bunch of stuff I haven’t filmed yet about a little bit of pruning that rarely is necessary and about harvesting and storing and preserving your food, oh just a whole bunch of fun stuff.
I’ve even started some cover crops right over here that I’m going to be teaching about because cover crops are one of the best organic fertilizers in my opinion.
So that’s all for now. I guess I could keep going forever. I get pretty excited about this stuff but I think that’s all for today.