How to Start a Vegetable Garden?
Are you thinking of growing your own vegetable? Whether you’re a beginner or not, planning to plant in a lot or pot, knowing how to start a vegetable garden is a must and this sage advice on growing the tastiest and healthiest vegetables will help you in your quest.
Being able to eat garden-fresh vegetables is a rarity nowadays as most vegetables come from commercialized farms where they mostly douse our food with chemicals, except of course for certified organic farms.
If you haven’t tasted fresh from the soil vegetables, you’ll be amazed how juicy and sweet they are. Planting a vegetable garden is easy if you follow these three phases; picking the site, determining the size of your garden and selecting what vegetables to plant.
Just remember that as a beginner, it is always fruitful if you start small and from there, learn what not of the hobby through experience and maybe, a little bit of googling.
Picking the Garden Site
Look on your property where the sun always casts its rays. Vegetables need about six hours of direct sunlight every day. The more sunlight, the abundant your harvest will be. Ask yourself; is this area close to the source of water? Will the plants be protected from wind or frost?
Once you determine the perfect place to set up your garden, plan the direction of the plots, the water system and other installations needed to protect your garden.
Determining the Size and Plot Sizes
Generally, a beginner’s vegetable garden should be around 16x10 feet. This measurement is just enough to grow the beginner crops suggested below. This way, you won’t find it much hard to care for your plants with the given space.
Moreover, planting a variety of vegetables in this plot size can is enough to feed a family of four per crop season. Remember that a garden should make use of the growing space efficiently so that maintaining your garden will be easy.
Beginners will greatly benefit in making raised beds or potted plants because it can prevent weed from spreading. This way every plant has its own space to grow.
Preparing the Soil
Plant seeds in loamy soil. Seeds love to grow in soft loamy soil with a good amount of compost. Make sure that the soil is not compacted by making it loose. The drainage should also be properly made so that the water will not drain too quickly or flood the earth.
In creating and maintaining a well-balanced soil, the most useful and healthy substance you can use is organic matter such as shredded leaves, compost, or animal manures.
These matters improve the fertility of soils for growing vegetables because it provides a constant supply of nitrogen and other nutrients needed for plants to grow healthy. It is also the food source of soil microbes that help fertilize your plants with their excrements.
Fixing the Spacing
Give enough space for your crops to grow properly. Some vegetables such as corn require space to grow tall, and most of the time, it overshadows shorter plants next to it.
Plants grown closely together tend to compete for the soil nutrients, sunlight, and water, affecting how their health.
Read the spacing guidelines in the seed packets carefully before planting. To take advantage of the sunshine movement, the garden rows must run from north to south.
Picking the Vegetables to Plant
In learning how to plant a vegetable garden, a beginner should start with vegetable plants that are easy to care and can yield more than once each season. Here’s the list of easy to grow crops in your beginner garden.
Remember to research what plants can and cannot share a plot. Some vegetable is just not compatible when they are together. Also, consider planting some herbs and flowers that are proven to deter pests in your gardens such as basil and marigold.
Now that you know the basics on how to start a vegetable garden try making your own. If you found these pieces of advice rather helpful, we would really appreciate if you can also share it with your friends who are interested in starting their very own vegetable gardens.