How To Grow A Vegetable Garden At Home: A Beginner’s Guide
As interest grows in plant-based eating and sustainable diets, many seek to add more vegetables to their daily diet — and a vegetable garden can be the perfect approach.
Not only does having your own garden allow you easy access to fresh and delicious produce, it helps overcome so major hurdles presented with grocery store produce, by cutting cost and removing the risk of pesticide and other chemical exposure. A win win win, if you will.
So, if you’re seeking to add vegetables to your home recipes with a manageable at-home veggie garden, we’re here to help!
Those with limited space will be happy to know that container gardening is more popular than ever, so you may just be able to harvest a healthy crop no matter what you’re working with.
So, without further ado, here’s what toy need to get started!
Growing Your Own Vegetable Garden
If you are looking to start your own home vegetable garden, you are in for a lot of fun and some great tasting vegetables in the future — just follow this guide and you’re all set.
Identify the right location for your home vegetable garden.
Make sure that your space offers plenty of access to sunlight and is near a water source.
Decide which vegetables you want to grow.
If you are just starting to venture into the world of home vegetable gardening, you might want to stick to some of the easier to grow vegetables such as beans, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, and peppers. However, it is also important that you take into consideration the vegetables that you buy the most frequently at the grocery store (so that you can replace those purchases with your home-grown veggies) as well as your tastes and interests.
Understand the growing and ripening cycle of your chosen vegetables.
The conditions for growth and ripening are going to vary based on the vegetable. This means that you might not want to plant all of your seeds at the same time. Be sure to review the patterns for your chosen vegetables and then develop a calendar that you can use to ensure that you plant and sow at the right times for the right veggies.
Prepare your soil mixture.
Don’t assume that you can just grab a bag of potting soil from your local home improvement store and be good to go. Vegetables are best grown in soil that includes a lot of compost and organic matter. These materials may include composted leaves, or ground and shredded bark. Regardless of the soil you are starting with, make sure that you add in enough organic material so that the soil isn’t too compacted or sandy. When you have the right soil composition, the soil will bind together when squeezed but will break apart quite easily when you pull it apart.
Plant those seeds.
Once you have ensured your soil composition is correct and you are ready to plant various seeds based on the recommended planting schedule, it is time to get your hands dirty. Pay attention to the recommended depths for each seed, which should be clearly identified on the seed packets for each vegetable. And, after planting your seeds, consider keeping the empty seed packets and posting them in the area where the related seeds are planted. Even for seasoned gardeners, sometimes a reminder of what was planted where can be extremely beneficial.
Your seeds will best penetrate into the soil when they are watered promptly after planting. Ensure that the water stream isn’t too heavy though, as this may push your freshly planted seeds too far into the soil mixture for them to grow. The best strategy for watering your garden is to use a light rain-like mist offered by the multi-stream spray nozzle of a garden hose.
Weed as needed.
No matter how much effort you put into weed control, they are sure to pop up frequently. However, the best way to keep weeds at bay is to add a thick layer (two to four inches) of organic mulch to the garden. This will help prevent the weeds from overpowering your growing vegetables.
Enjoy your fresh vegetables!
Be sure to pick your veggies when they are fresh and young, but also when you plan to use them. Root vegetables should be pulled as soon as they are of an edible size, and leafy vegetables should be collected to within two inches off the ground.
Starting a vegetable garden doesn’t come without an initial investment, though in most cases you can get your garden started for under $100. And if you follow the above recommendations and take care of your garden, your investment will pay off quickly, providing you with healthy and delicious vegetables that you can share with your friends and family in no time.
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