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We are always looking for ideas about how to plant vegetables in our small gardens. With careful planning, you can have one. Just make sure that you make the most of what you have and that your garden will be beautiful and sunny!
If you have limits to your space, sunshine or poor soil, then raised beds and planting in containers is a great substitute.
Farming in the holders will allow you to have a garden on your patio or your steps. When you use containers the best varieties to plant is dwarf plants, like Cherie tomatoes and shallow-rooted plants like radishes, garlic, leeks and lettuce. Holders can be anything from old buckets to plastic growing bags if you have good drainage. Water them often and fertilise your crates during the growing seasons.
Raised garden beds allow you to grow a lot of vegetables and you have significant advantages like better drainage and easy access. It maximises the walking space. Keyhole beds give access to all crops. This type of garden bed has a small inlet, looks like a keyhole, increasing living space relative to the walking area.
Optimize your spacing between your beds and your walking space. Paths between beds should be narrow, grow your vegetables as close to each other without hindering their growth.
Vertical gardening may be the best tip of all. You can have a whole lot of crop growing vertically on trellises, fencing or netting. The best vegetables to grow vertically is squash, beans, peas, winter squash, pumpkins, spinach and cucumbers. Growing these crops on top of each other in a verticle way frees up space for other vegetables.
Wall-mounted planters are available in many stores countrywide and is a great way to plant herbs. Grow food in your front yard. Sneak in a few edible plants to make up part of your landscaping by using ornamental vegetables and herbs.
Succession planting is an excellent way of saving space and maximising your soil. This planting method means that you keep on rotating your different vegetables. When you have planted potatoes, consider replacing them with carrots using the same earth. Do not let valuable garden space sit idle, always plant something new when an area becomes available. Plants reach maturity at different times, plant them at intervals. When the growth of the one vegetable is mature, then immediately replace it with a new type of crop.
Interplanting is also a great tip and is when you plant two different types of vegetable into the same patch. You can plant radishes with your spring onions.
Grow in partial shade. Leafy greens mushrooms will flourish in partial shade. Remember that many crops can grow in the winter season as well, plan what you will be planting. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the types of vegetables and the seasons when they are fruitful.
Ask for assistance if you need to. Many people have been successful in planting small gardens. Use the media and teach yourself to excel in growing small vegetable gardens.
When a young student is asked on what career he or she wishes to pursue, the last and very rare answer we hear is “farming or agriculture”. It is not new and is quite common to hear and see the young generation shying away from said fields. But this is a wrong misconception, as farming and agriculture are high in success options and can yield very good profits if studied and acted upon.
- Betterment of Growth and Development
Agriculture is needed to provide nutritional foods to the growing population and for providing a means of livelihood for the people. It is a fact that agriculture can help tackle poverty by four times more than other sectors. What could be more satisfying and meaningful than being a part of the career that helps tackle poverty.
- Gold Mine for Young Entrepreneurs
An innovative, dedicated and determined young mind can achieve anything. As in the case of a young woman entrepreneur in Senegal, Randa had decided to use the waste of cashew trees and convert into niche jam for export. Through her success she as carved a path into the global market and allowed her locally made and available products to be stacked upon the supermarkets of foreign countries.
- Flooding with Technology
With the rise in latest technology, agriculture has become much more effective and grown due to the young minds of techies who have made apps and other means that promote awareness and alerts among the farmers on how to increase farming and its yields with minimum effort and maximum results. Information and communication go hand in hand with technology.
- Need for Young Blood
The young energy minded youth and their new innovative research minds can help revolutionize farming and agriculture. Today because of the growing demand for nutrition and increasing population has led to fresh and creative ideas being introduced like climate-smart agriculture.
- Growing Success Rate
There is rise and growth among participation and success of youth indulging in agriculture and farming industries. Attitude towards farming is changing as young entrepreneurs have decided to acquire land , grow crops professionally for trade and manage the enterprises in order to earn a self sufficient livelihood.
What is agriculture?
Agriculture is the practice of cultivating fields of land, breeding farm animals, sowing of plants to provide materials, fibre, meat and other important materials need to sustain today’s modern life.
What are the different types of agriculture?
Agriculture today is multi-billion dollar business. It is present and needed everywhere but it is not uniform all around the world. The different types of agriculture can be based on type of livestock, type of crop, level of mechanization, intensity etc. a few them are given below:
- Commercial plantations
This type of plantation agriculture is practiced over a rather small area and yields commercial products like tea, coffee, rubber and palm oil. It is relatively high capital intensive farming and is mostly practiced in the areas of Latin America, Africa and parts of Asia.
- Shifting Cultivation
Under this type of agriculture, land is obtained by clearing forest areas using slash and burn technique, which is a rather environmental damaging method. The land then obtained is cultivated for a few years or till when the fertility rate of the land declines and is either swallowed by the weeds and native flora. It is mainly practiced in the tropics.
- Nomadic Herding
Nomadic herding is the practise of rearing of animals on natural pastures. This is mainly practiced in the people of arid and semi arid regions. The herders are always on the move to seek new pastures to let them animals graze on. Different types of animals will be raised depending on the type of countries and its climatic conditions.
- Livestock Ranching
Here, livestock animals are mainly raised or meat and wool. They are kept on large commercial plots to graze, called ranches. This is mainly located in areas of North America and South America. Unlike nomadic herding, the farmers are settled.
- Mediterranean Agriculture
In the areas of rugged Mediterranean terrain, horticulture, vineyards, citrus fruits and small animals and typical combinations of crops are raised.
- Dairy Farming
Dairy farming is a class of agriculture focused on the long term production of mainly milk and other items based on it. Close proximity with the market and a temperate climate are the two most favourable conditions. Sweden and Denmark have seen maximum development in these areas.
- Specialized Horticulture
This type of agriculture focuses on production of horticulture products. Due to the increase in urbanization and growing population, there has been an in increase for horticulture. Vineyard production is on the rise in areas of Hungary and France.
- Subsistence Crop and Stock Farming
This type of farming is practiced in areas of middle latitudes, less fertile soils and rough terrains. Almost any product reared and yielded is not for sale.
- Commercial Grain Farming
This type of farming is in response to farm mechanization and is present mainly in areas of low rainfall and high population.
- Rudimentary Sedentary Tillage
This is a subsistence type of agriculture as the same plot of land is used again and again. Fallowing is the technique used here to maintain its fertility rate. Mainly grain crops and few tree crops are raised here.