When you are working at cultivating a self-sustaining lifestyle, space is always going to be an issue. Whether you are building your own pond, or you are looking at making the most of your garden space, the hallmark of a self-sustaining lifestyle is sacrificing aesthetics for your ability to increase your fruit and vegetable yield. So, are there any effective ways for you to increase this in a natural way?
Improve The Quality Of The Soil
This is the most important way to increase the yield of your vegetable garden. The great thing about it is that it doesn’t require much work; all you need to do is cover the garden plot with compost and hay at the very start of the winter. And by the time you are ready to start planting, the compost will have worked into the soil, either via the snow and rain or by the insects. As a result, your soil is dense in nutrients. Moisture is vital, of course, and if you are working at maximizing your yield, you need to ensure you’ve got good quality water storage so it can collect rainwater. You can click here for information on cone bottom tanks, and various types of water and fertilizer storage, which is essential if you are looking to increase your yield by an exponential amount.
Stagger The Plants
If you are trying to increase your yield, but you don’t have much in the way of space, staggering the plants, rather than planting them in straight lines will help you to plant more within the same area. Example, you could plant them in triangles and you can still ensure that the plants get adequate sunlight and water so they can grow effectively.
Mix Up The Plants
Not something that is commonly considered, but interplanting will help you to make the most of the space you’ve got. Remember, you need to put compatible plants together, as this will help to keep weeds out. By using plants that are compatible with each other, they will, in some ways, work together to keep the weeds out. For example, if you planted squash on a corn and pole beans together, the corn supports the pole beans, and on the ground in between these two, the squash will grow.
Moving The Plants Indoors
This isn’t always practical, but if you want to increase your growth, especially towards the end of growing season, all you have to do is move some of the plants to an indoor environment. If you have the space for a garden shed or greenhouse, this will be one of the most essential purchases you can make if you are serious about increasing your vegetable garden.
Living a self-sustainable lifestyle is fast becoming an essential component of modern life, which is why it’s time to make the most of your garden space, even if you think you’ve got very little. By increasing your vegetable and fruit yield, you will make a lot more of a limited space.
*This is a collaborative post.