Vegetable Gardening Tips for Beginners

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So you want to start a vegetable garden? That’s great! Growing your own vegetables is fun and oh so rewarding. Just imagine harvesting fresh grown vegetables from your own backyard. Delish. All you need to get started is some soil and a few plants (you can also start from seed). To start your season off to a great start you’ll also need to know what it takes to ensure your plants are healthy and vigorous. Here’s the basics:

  1. Decide What to Plant

It’s important to consider your family size, eating requirements, and tastes when you think about what to plant. You’ll also want to keep in mind that certain vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers, continue to produce throughout the season. Other vegetables, such as carrots and corn, on the other hand produce only once. Don’t plant more than you and your family can possibly eat.

  1. Determine Space Needed

Once you know what you want to plant, you’ll need to determine how much space you need, and what location of your yard receives the most sun. Keep in mind that most vegetables require at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight. Limited on space? Container gardening requires just a few feet of sunny space and healthy soil. To learn more about container gardening, please click here.

  1. Prepare Your Soil

Success starts with the soil! Most vegetables do best moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic manner, such as compost or peat moss. There are a wide variety of high-quality soils available including organic, pesticide free, and manure. This will enable the development of a strong root system that is less prone to diseases. You may want to consider a location close to your home for easy accessibility.

  1. Provide Plenty of Water

Because most vegetables aren’t very drought tolerant, you’ll need to provide them with water, but not too much water. One inch of water per week including rainfall is sufficient for most vegetables. The most efficient way to water your plants is to use soaker hoses or drip lines. These deliver the right amount of water and allows time for roots to absorb the water before it adds more – so no risk of overwatering.

  1. Build Your Own Compost Bin

The value of compost cannot be overestimated.¬†Building your own compost bin allows you to recycle, reuse, and repurpose thousands of organic waste every year. It also affords you the opportunity to save money on natural fertilizer because you’re self-sufficient. Fresh compost also improves the texture of the soil. For DIY compost bin inspiration and ideas, be sure to visit Pinterest.

  1. Deter Garden Pests

Every gardener, whether novice or expert, wants to deter insects and other hungry animals from invading their garden and damaging their vegetables. If you’ve chosen to go all organic, you can luckily deter them, without resorting to harsh chemicals. Going the natural way is also less expensive than purchasing and applying pesticides. The easiest way to prevent pests from damaging your gardening is to discourage them from coming in the first place by pulling out weak plants, building healthy soil, applying organic compost, and keeping your plants properly watered. You want a healthy garden.

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