Decide what you want to grow.
You can grow anything from peas to pumpkins, but the kinds of vegetables you grow depends on a few important factors. The amount of time you have, the amount of space you have, and your climate all play a major role in deciding what to grow. If you live in a warmer climate then you’ll have more choices than someone who lives in a colder region. Colder regions might only be able to plant vegetables during the spring and summer months, while warmer climates may allow for year-round growth.
It’s also important to consider how much space is allotted for planting. Taller crops like tomatoes need plenty of space above ground, while other plants like radishes or carrots can thrive below ground with little horizontal room required. If your plot is limited it’s not an issue! There are tons of plants that can be grown in containers so don’t let lack of land hold you back from creating your own garden!
Pick a location in full or partial sun.
- Pick a location in full or partial sun. How much sun you should get depends on what you want to grow. If you’re going for tomatoes, pick a spot where your plants will get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. If you want to grow lettuce this summer, 4 hours is enough sun.
- Don’t forget to water! At the beginning, when your seeds are just getting started, it’s important to make sure they aren’t drying out from the heat of the sun and wind—especially if it’s a typical dry spring like we’ve had for the past few years!
Choose your garden style.
A few years back, I bought a small raised bed garden kit from my local big-box retailer. I got the container version and put it into my front yard where I am fairly comfortable with grasshoppers, spiders and caterpillars invading me. It has worked well for this season, but next spring I want to move up to a larger square foot garden so that my flowers will have room to grow. To do this, we’re going to need some tools and supplies.
Make sure the soil is ready.
I had heard that vegetable plants need a lot of preparation, but I just kind of went with the flow and planted some tomatoes and peppers in our yard. I didn’t really know what was going to happen, but because it was summertime and there were so many people out mowing lawns and cutting down branches, I figured my garden would be pretty safe.
To prepare the soil for plants, we have to add organic mulch (such as wood chips), compost, or other amendments. The organic nature of this soil preparation is important because it stimulates the beneficial species in the soil and increases nutrient availability for plants.
For most people with a garden plot, you can skip this step (unless you’ve got a very small area or you’re planning on growing only herbs). The mulch will provide a bit of shade to keep your plants cool during hot days, which is helpful because it’s summertime. It also makes your plant bed look tidier!
Choose disease-resistant plants.
- Check the plant label for disease resistance. Most plants will be resistant to some common diseases, such as early blight and Septoria leaf spot. If gardening in an area with a history of pest or disease problems, choose varieties that are resistant to them. (This is especially important if you’re starting a new garden near an old one.)
- Determine your garden’s growing conditions. Some plants will thrive in certain soil types and weather conditions, while other varieties may be more susceptible to drought or cold temperatures. If you live in a hot, dry climate, opt for drought-tolerant varieties whenever possible. Likewise, if it’s usually cool where you live, select hardy vegetables that thrive in colder conditions.
- Ask the salesperson at the nursery for advice about what grows best in your area! They can help point out which vegetables grow well together and which ones might require extra care or nutrients throughout their life cycle.*
Protect plants from animals.
You can begin to protect your plants from animals as soon as you plant them. Deer and other large mammals can be deterred by putting up a fence around your garden, but it will have to be at least seven feet tall, otherwise they’ll just jump it. If that is not possible for you – because, for example, you live in an urban area and a seven foot fence would call unwanted attention to the fact that you are growing a vegetable garden – you can always put up chicken wire around your garden or put netting over individual plants.
Rabbits, birds and squirrels can also cause problems in your garden. The best way to deter these critters is with scarecrows or motion-activated sprinklers. For smaller pests like slugs or snails, sprinkle bloodmeal or cayenne pepper around the base of the plant so that they don’t want to get too close.
Get good soil.
Soil is the foundation of your vegetable garden. If you don’t have good soil, there’s no way your vegetables will grow well. Soil can be improved with compost, manure, fertilizer and/or mulch.
- Compost or manure can help introduce new nutrients into the soil that are lacking in it already. You can also use fertilizers to supplement these nutrients if you don’t have access to manure or compost.
- Mulch helps keep the moisture in so that your plants don’t dry out as quickly when it gets hot outside.
Keep the weeds away!
It took a long time for us to get our backyard garden going, but now that the vegetables are in full swing I’m happy we didn’t give up. We lucked out and got some great tips from a friend about what to plant and how to start a veggie garden. This was especially helpful since we live in a condo.
So far we’ve grown tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, basil and spinach. We have no idea how much they will grow or produce, but they were relatively easy to grow and so far the fruits of our labor have been delicious!
It’s nice not having all those chemicals in our food right now too. The tomatoes on the right taste like ketchup compared to those on the left which tasted like fruit! As well as also making it healthier because there is less pesticides sprayed on them thanks to organic farming techniques. When you’re done harvesting your first crop of veggies you can learn how much they grew by keeping track of how many plants are left and then multiplying that by the number of days until harvest.
Find the right fertilizer.
Fertilize your garden. Any fertilizer is better than no fertilizer, but the best options include well-composted manure or compost. If you have animals, you can save their manure and let it sit in a pile for several years to become well-composted, or you can purchase bags of compost from your local garden center. You don’t want to use too much fertilizer—only enough so that the plants have access to all the nutrients they need, but not so much that you end up with a lot of lush leaf production and little fruit production. Also avoid chemical fertilizers, as these release chemicals into both your soil and eventually your food supply. The key here is moderation!
Take care of your plants.
Being a good gardener is not just about dutifully planting your seeds and forgetting about them. If you give your plants the proper care and attention they need, you’re much more likely to reap the rewards of harvesting healthy, delicious vegetables later on. Here are some basic tips for caring for your plants:
- Water regularly. Plants thrive in an environment where the soil is moist but not soggy. This means watering regularly during hot or dry weather, particularly if it’s sunny out. You should also pay attention to what type of plant you’re growing; some plants like an abundance of water, while others prefer drier conditions (including lettuces and herbs).
- Check for pests and diseases. It’s a good idea to go through your garden on a regular basis (at least once weekly), inspecting each plant carefully for signs of pests or disease. Look at both the leaves and roots—if you notice anything wrong with either part of the plant, remove it immediately so that you can prevent any problems from spreading throughout the rest of your garden.* Mulch to keep soil moist and cool. Adding mulch to the top layer of soil helps retain moisture while keeping roots cool during warmer months (which is vital in keeping them healthy).
Veggie gardening can be fun and rewarding, but you have to plan carefully to ensure the best results!
Vegetable gardening can be fun and rewarding, but you have to plan carefully to ensure the best results! There are so many questions to answer. Where should you plant? How many plants should you grow? What can be grown in your climate zone?
If you’re new to gardening, I recommend starting with a small plot of earth or even a few containers. You might be surprised by how little space is needed for even a fairly large harvest. However, if you’re confident that garden-fresh vegetables will be an important part of your life forever and ever, there’s no reason not to jump right in and plan for more than enough produce for all of your future summer picnics!How to start a vegetable garden
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Are you considering growing your own vegetables, but don’t know where to start? Let us help.
[Blogger’s name] has been a plant-lover for as long as she can remember and has spent the last 5 years cultivating a thriving urban garden in the backyard of her Brooklyn apartment.
She shares her tips below on how to get started with your own vegetable garden.
The first step is choosing your location. Your garden needs plenty of room, so make sure you have enough space for what you’re trying to grow. If you choose to grow indoors, try growing in containers that can be moved around into different areas of sunlight throughout the day. The next step is getting some soil and getting planting. Make sure you give your plants lots of water and sunshine! (If you’re worried about water restrictions in your area, try using a rain barrel.) Finally, enjoy your new veggie garden!
If you’re thinking about starting a vegetable garden, but don’t know where to begin, this blog is for you!
We’ll be your guide as we navigate the exciting world of vegetable gardening.
So you’re thinking about starting a vegetable garden.
You’re in luck, because you’ve come to the right place. We’ll walk you through how to get started, what to expect, and how to keep your veggie garden growing strong for years.
Growing a vegetable garden can seem like a daunting task if you’ve never done it before. But we’ll show you step-by-step how to do everything from finding the perfect spot for your garden to picking plants that thrive in your area, and pretty much anything else you could imagine needing to know about vegetable gardening.
Ready? Let’s dig in!
So you’re ready to start a vegetable garden of your own, eh?
Well, listen up. Because I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about raising your own veggie garden.
Step one: Find a place in your yard to start planting. Make sure it has good, even sunlight for at least five hours a day. If you’re having trouble finding a spot, try using a compass to figure out which parts of your yard have the most consistent direct sunlight, or look into investing in reflectors to help give your plants the light they need.
Step two: Buy some soil. You want soil that’s rich with nutrients and gives your veggies plenty of room to grow. Loose soil also helps prevent root rot and other problems that can be caused by dense soil.
Step three: Pick out some plants. Veggies are pretty easy-going, so there’s no wrong answer here—just pick whichever ones you think look tastiest! But make sure to check the soil requirements for each plant first—some veggies like tomatoes are really high maintenance and require tons of nutrients, while others like carrots can be grown in just about anything.
Let’s be real. Gardening is a lot of work. There are so many steps involved in the process, and it can sometimes seem like you’re never going to get anything to grow. But don’t let all that stop you from creating your own veggie garden! With a little dedication, and a little know-how, you can do this.
Here are some pro tips on getting started:
Prepping Your Plants: Before you start planting, give each plant it’s own individual pot with its own soil. That way, when you transplant them outside into your garden, they’ll be ready to take off right away. And don’t be afraid to prune your plants—letting them soak up as much sun as possible will help them grow strong and healthy.
Caring For Your Seeds: If you’re starting your garden from seeds instead of plants, then good for you! You’re already saving a ton of money. But you want to make sure they have enough space and light to grow properly before transplanting—you don’t want your new garden to become overcrowded right off the bat. Try putting some seeds in a small window box, or on a shelf that gets lots of sunlight.
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So you’ve decided to start your very own veggie garden. First of all, good for you! And second of all, welcome!
The team at [company name] has been helping people start their veggie gardens for years, and we’re here to tell you that you’ve made the right choice. It’s not as hard as it looks—in fact, it’s really quite easy. We’ll walk you through it step-by-step with our handy guide:
1) Find a place in your house or yard to put it.
2) Get some seeds.
3) Plant the seeds.
4) Water the seeds.
5) Watch them grow into plants!
6) Harvest your veggies!
7) Cook them up and enjoy!
# Step 1: Get a garden.