Planting your first Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardens in a home’s yard are great for a plethora of reasons. It encourages family bonding, healthy eating, money saving, and a natural approach to life. If planting a vegetable garden is something you’re interested in trying but you don’t know how, follow these great steps.

The first thing to consider when planning on starting a vegetable garden is exactly what plants you want to grow. Think realistically about how much your family will eat. Also consider plants like peppers and tomatoes will continue to propagate throughout the entire growing season while plants like carrots, onions, and radishes do not. This can help you figure out ratios, what kind of plants you want, and how many of each to get.

Once the plants and their quantities are determined, the next thing to figure out is the space you will need in order to grow all of these plants. Consider utilizing hanging plants for things like tomatoes, and using large containers for other plants if space is an issue or there is no grass in your yard.

The most important thing to consider is where the plants are going to stay. They typically need 6-8 hours of full sunlight a day in order to produce many healthy vegetables. If this is not possible in your yard, consider growing more leafy plants like spinach and lettuce, for they can survive much better in shaded areas. Plants also need to be watered every day. Good soil is another essential. Most gardeners like to keep their garden close to their home to make watering easier and because they can easily throw their compost into the soil to add excellent nutrients and reduce household waste.

It is best to test your soil before you begin planting. To improve your soil’s water holding and nutrient holding capacity, add organic material such as compost. This small effort makes a world of a difference in soil quality and then in the quality of vegetables you grow. Once the soil is rich with nutrients, dig up the size of the bed that you are planting and decide on the layout of your plants. Keep in mind if you want to be able to walk through the garden without harming any of the plants you are growing. Till the topsoil often to keep weeds to a minimum because they steal the plants water and nutrients.

Planting a garden mostly requires planning. However, once you taste the delicious fruit of your labor, immediately all the hard work pays off.