Starting Your Own Vegetable Garden

Old and young, hipster or not, vegetable gardens are a fun and rewarding activity anyone can participate in. All you need to start is a good piece of land or just a couple of pots, a few plants, patience, time and the will to grow plants. And if you take the time to grow things organically, you’ll have food which is healthier than anything at the store and also cheaper!

Make efficient use of the space available
When planning out your garden there are a number of specifications you have to consider. From choosing a spot that receives a good amount of sunlight to finding a space that is protected from frost and wind, you’ll need to make sure that the space you choose is the best spot for your vegetables. But this doesn’t mean that you need to invest in acres of land with enough room for your pumpkins, melons, cucumbers, and potatoes. Your garden could be a single pot that you use for a pepper tree or a raised bed in the backyard. Make sure that whatever you choose, you have enough time to look after.

Map out the garden
Start planning where your vegetables will go – mark off the areas and leave enough room for the plants to grow, and for you to walk in between them. Rows are not something you need to consider when planning out your home garden, because rows are typically created for farms that use large machines for planting, cultivating, and harvesting.

Prepare your soil
Begin with a garden tiller. This will help remove mats of grass below your garden bed and help keep your soil free of any contaminants that may hinder your plants’ growth. Tillers are quite expensive though, and it may be better for you to borrow one or find one to rent. The next step is to turn the soil. With a shovel turn the soil one shovel at a time, loosen up the soil with your hands to check for any weeds or roots, and get the soil in the perfect planting condition. This may be a tiring step but it will make a huge difference in the end. Finally, add worm castings to the soil, this will help your soil retain water and help stimulate plant growth.

And that’s it, you’re ready to grow all the delicious vegetables you want!

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