There are many people out there who prefer organic produce rather than the type you can find in supermarkets and more and more people are turning to self-sufficient gardening so they can meet their needs.
There are some ways for you achieve that, one of which is using the soil you already have available in your garden, however, it might not be suitable for the growing of tomatoes and cucumbers.
How to look after your vegetable garden – raised beds
While there are some fortunate homeowners who have the privilege of living in a well cultivated area, there are place where gardening using native soil is simply not a viable choice. Even after enriching, the soil does not have a lot of nutrients and it would take quite a lot of time for it to become a fertile land.
There are other aspects like moles or other earth digging pests which disrupt the balance of the garden and pray on the sweet roots of your vegetables. You can use sonar technology to deter them, however, you might find it difficult to maintain.
One very interesting approach to vegetable gardens is the raised bed approach which allows you to use artificially sourced soil, fertile and full of nutrients and minerals, in order to maintain a fruitful garden.
One important aspect of this approach is the separation of the two soil types which prevents the migration of moles into your new vegetable patch.
How it’s done – the easy way
The easiest way of doing this is by placing a poly-paper barrier underneath your raised garden bed, make a frame using plywood with the dimensions of your choice.
The strengthen the bond between the different sheets, use long screws and glue, this will sufficient enough to hold the bed from falling apart once you put in all of the dirt.
Fill in the frame of the bed with a fertile mixture of soil with high nitrogen content, suitable for the growth of vegetables high in magnesium like bell peppers and cucumbers.
You can also use artificial fertilizers or natural cow dung, but be sure that the natural manure is older than 6 weeks as the fresh stuff can actually burn the roots of your veggies.
Space out the vegetables properly and be sure to rotate the crops each year in order to revitalize the soil, as some vegetables like cabbages are extremely demanding on the soil and take out most of the nitrogen in it. You can always supplement your soil with additives, however, be advised on which ones you are using.