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How to Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden

The resurgence of interest when it comes to how to grow vegetables has sprung from two main sources. Chefs on popular reality shows speaking about the benefits that home-grown vegetables offer and the economic reason of saving money when you have your own backyard garden. There is something natural about growing and consuming your own vegetables that makes this an enjoyable activity for your family.

To grow your own vegetables is not difficult, but it does require some care, attention, and persistence on your part so that your vegetable garden becomes successful. What follows are a few tips that will help you grow your garden the right way.

Select the Site

To start growing your vegetables, the first thing you must do is pick out the land where they will grow. All you really need is to choose an area that is open to provide plenty of sunshine for your vegetables. Ordinary soil is fine, you just want to avoid extremes in terms of soil conditions. About the only adjustment you want to make is if the soil is thin to create a raised bed. This is essentially a box that surrounds the garden and you fill it with additional soil to the brim.

Also, do not go overboard on the size of your vegetable garden. If you are a first-time gardener, you’ll want the space to be manageable, so you can make it larger when you gain more experience. Plus, putting in a raised bed will make it easier for you to maintenance your garden.

Weeding

Before you plant, be sure that you remove all the weeds first. The more weeds you leave in, the harder it will be to grow your own vegetables as they fight the weeds for nutrients. If you use a raise bed, simply make sure that the soil you put in has no weeds. Otherwise, you’ll want to weed thoroughly before planting the seeds.

If you are facing perennial weeds, you’ll want to cover the area they grow with sheets of newspaper that is topped with compost. This will starve out the weeds while protecting the rest of your garden. However, you may have to use chemicals if the weed problem is serious.

Snail & Slug Control

These two creatures will feast on the vegetables you grow, but only if you let them. You do not need to use chemicals, but rather start with a fully-weeded garden which you keep neat and tidy throughout the year. Then, you simply put open space between your vegetables so that the birds will do the work of removing the snails and slugs for you.

However, if you have a serious issue with snails and slugs, you may be forced to use chemicals, but only as a last resort.

Grow your own vegetables

There are many things beyond the grand that can be used to grow vegetables

What if Vegetable Gardens are Not My Thing?

Well, if you do not want to spend the time necessary to plant, weed, and grow a garden, you can always plant a fruit tree instead. Fruit trees require far less maintenance, will make your property more attractive if you plan on selling, and provide a source of home-grown nutrition that you and your family will enjoy. Start with the fruit trees that are native to your region of the country.

What if You Have Limited Time for Maintenance?

Let’s face it, if you do not have the time or energy to maintain a well-stocked vegetable garden to ensure it is properly weeded, then you should choose fruits and vegetables that are easy to care. A no-dig garden is the perfect way for those with more space for their backyard garden with fruits and vegetables that require less maintenance such as the following;

  • Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Beans
  • Pumpkins

What if You Have Limited Space?

If you want to grow your own vegetables, but only have a small amount of space available, you can use the container garden method. This means that the fruits or vegetables you grow are in containers such as pots that provide you with something good and nutritious to eat. You can start with tomatoes as they are well-suited to hanging baskets and pots, but strawberries may be better because they are smaller and easier to maintain.

How a Worm-Farm Helps

Understanding how to grow vegetables starts with making the soil sustainable for the fruits and vegetables that you will plant. By creating a worm-farm first, they provide an excellent source of nutrients for your plants and take care of the organic waste in a most-efficient manner. Plus, you will have a constant source of fertilizer and conditioner for your backyard garden that makes it even more sustainable.

You can add to the nutrients in the soil by making your own composts as well. Some green pruning, kitchen peels, and lawn clippings provide plenty of good compost.

What vegetables should I grow?

Choose what you enjoy eating and “go for it!”

Things You Don’t Have to Worry About with Your Vegetable Garden

The thing about starting your own backyard garden is that you’ll get all sorts of advice from different people who may or may not know what they are talking about. Here are a few things that you can safely ignore.

Buying Plants: There is nothing wrong with buying the plants instead of growing them from seed. Grafted cucumbers and melons are worth the money and easy to care.

Rotating Crops: This is a common practice on large farms, but for small gardens that is not necessary. You may not want to try and grow the same vegetable two years in a row on the same spot, but you do not have to move your vegetable garden.

Starting Early: One rule you cannot ignore is when to plant the seeds. Go by the seed packet and do not plant them earlier or else they may not grow properly.

Understanding how to grow vegetables starts with the basics. This means that you will need a little patience, persistence, and care as your garden grows. Still, the effort will be well worth it when you enjoy the fruits and vegetables you have grown in your garden.

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