Vegetable Gardening

March 29, 2011 by  
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Many people would love to start vegetable gardening, but they are unsure of how to begin. These easy tips give you the basic information needed to start your own vegetable garden, no matter what your level of experience is.

The first decision you must make is what kind of vegetables you wish to grow, and where you will grow them. A family of three or four people can be fed easily with a 16×20 foot plot, but if you’re new to gardening, it might be best to start with something a little less ambitious. A small bed, or even some containers, can give you the experience you need to go all out the next summer. It’s best to draw your plans before you start to plant. Grow the veggies your family enjoys, and stick with things that are fairly easy to grow. Tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, and lettuce are all pretty friendly for new gardeners. Hit your local garden center and do some research before you make any decisions; the employees there will be knowledgeable about what grows well in your area, and they can point you in the right direction for success.

Once you’ve determined what you want to plant, you must decide where to plant them. A happy garden is a garden with at least eight full hours of sunshine a day. This can determine where you end up planting your garden if your yard has a lot of trees. You should also be sure that your garden has adequate protection from the wind, such as a fence or a nearby building. Your water source should be near the garden, too, so that you can be sure that you can easily water your vegetables when necessary. The condition of the soil is another important consideration before you start planting. You need good, healthy soil that has been properly tilled before you start gardening. The addition of manure or compost is always helpful, and it can improve your soil’s fertility, texture, and drainage. Once your soil is prepared, you can start to plant. The tallest crops should go to the back of the garden, and the smaller ones at the front. The rows should be planted north to south, and you should grant the garden ample spacing, generally 2-3 feet between rows. Your garden center can provide information about when it’s best to plant your crops.

Once the planting is done, all that’s left is the maintenance. You should water the garden frequently, a minimum of once a week. Weed the garden regularly, and add mulch to retain moisture. When your vegetables begin to ripen, pick them frequently to increase production. You will enjoy eating the fruits of your labor!

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