A market garden is the best way to provide fresh produce and flowers to a community. Typically, these garden styles are held on one acre or less and used for small-scale plants. A market garden is a great way to develop your skills as a planter and get the community outside together. Learn the best tips on creating a thriving market garden so you can learn more about gardening and discover where the wild things are.
Research Popular Plants in Your Area
While the Great Pumpkin might not be on everyone’s wishlist for summer planting, you can find out what other things to grow by researching the most popular plants in your area. Don’t grow plants no one will know or want to have in their home or their food.
Ask about what plants to use in the garden and what community members would buy and eat. You’d be surprised to hear the local’s favorites and what they wish they had more access to without having to drive to the store to buy it as often.
Focus on Long-Term Fertility
The one thing to expect out of a market garden is longevity. It’s essential to plant for long-term fertility, meaning you should design the garden to last a while to keep the crop production cycle going year-round.
The best method to keep the garden growing is to continue to turn it over every season. Use compost regularly, and trade out manufactured fertilizers and mulches for organic mixes and ingredients. Utilizing sustainable methods retains the fertility of growing areas.
Shop Wholesale for Seeds
Even though your garden’s designed around long-term fertility, that doesn’t mean the same seeds that sprouted last year will return. Every fertile season calls for replanting plants like tomatoes. When first shopping for seeds, consider wholesale. The wholesale market provides your garden with a year’s worth of seedlings to keep the ground sprouting.
To avoid over-picking plants from the same plot, try to expand your acreage. Expanding to one additional spot opens the garden to yield more than currently available. And it allows more space for popular plants to grow.
Be Generous With Pollinators and Avoid Pesticides
One of the most classic problems you’ll hear is pests are an issue. However, pesticides aren’t going to help. They do more damage than good. Pesticides could injure your plants if not used correctly, hurting our fellow pollinators.
Use better alternatives to pesticides in gardening to spare the pollinators. One way is to use milk in your garden to reduce mildew. All these ways can help make the market garden successful and protect our buzzy friends. Now, let’s buzz out of here and get to planting!