This video is all about how to tackle and overcome challenges, issues and problems in the vegetable garden in an effective manner that ensure long-term success in the garden. I show you the 3-step method that I use whenever I hit a challenge, and it really helps me find an answer to the problem I face. I also include how you can do research to find the answers you need, and give plenty of tips on how to make the whole process much easier. I hope you enjoy this video and that it will help you on your own vegetable gardening journey.
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Another challenge example: During the growing season I feel that I am getting overwhelmed with the number of weeds there are in the raised beds. I want to focus on the growing but need to find a way to keep on top of the weeds.
Solution: I need to approach this challenge from two angles. The first is to create a routine or habit related to weeding. This is where I will add ’30 minutes of weeding’ onto my weekly to-do list to make sure I don’t forget this task and that the weed issue doesn’t build up. To make these 30 minutes more interesting I will listen to my favourite podcast as I do the weeding. There is a new podcast episode every week and I’m not allowed to listen to a new episode until I start the weekly weeding session.
The second angle is the tools. Weeding by hand takes a while and can also hurt my back, so I will use an oscillating hoe and a hand hoe to tackle the issue with a better posture. Weeding hoes are perfect for regular weeding as any weeds will still be small as a week isn’t enough time for them to develop strong root systems.
Outcome: By creating a routine weeding session every week and using the two types of hoe, I will be able to keep on top of all the weeds in the garden and will feel more in control.
Challenge in video: Our water supplies could dry out again if we have another severe drought, and I don’t have enough water storage to keep seedlings going for at least 2 months.
Solution: I need to purchase 6 used IBC tanks for the equivalent storage capacity of 6,000 litres of water. The tanks must only have contained safe material when in industrial use, and I will not take a risk in purchasing contaminated tanks. The tanks will be place at the North end of the new garden and supported on top of heat-treated pallets to allow space to fit a watering can underneath. I will need to buy a tap that will fit the thread size of the IBC tanks.
The tanks will be filled from one inlet that carries water from the stream on the other side of the parking area. I will use a small pipe to attach each IBC tank. Once the first tank is full, the connecting pipe will start filling the second, and so on. This needs to be completed by February to not interfere with spring sowings, and to be filled and ready for action as and when needed.
Outcome: Once completed, I will have storage of 6,000 litres of water ready for action in case of drought, and I will feel far less stressed when dry weather does stay around longer than usual.
You can see from this I have all the basics covered to solve the issue, and it only takes a moment to quickly look over what needs to be done. Keep this somewhere safe so you can go back to it when needed to make sure you are on track. It is vital you include a target end date too, otherwise it is easy to keep pushing it back and then you find yourself with a build-up of challenges all needing attention at the same time.
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0:37 The 3 R’s & Benefits
1:55 Step 1
3:01 Step 2
4:54 Example Problem
5:56 Making the Plan
6:53 Example Plan
9:06 Step 3
10:01 Final Tips