Vegetable Gardening - The Basics

Starting vegetable gardens can be very rewarding for both you and your family. It will save you from having to buy expensive vegetables at the grocery store and it will make you feel more secure to know that the vegetables you are eating are chemical free and healthy for everyone.

Start off with a small garden. This will keep you from feeling overworked and will give you an idea if you want to continue it every year. If this small garden is successful you can always make it bigger next year. A good size to start off with is 8' x 10'.
This will allow for a nice variety of vegetables and still be manageable.

A vegetable garden is best suited for an area of your yard that gets 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day. To prepare your soil for planting, a tine tiller is a useful  tool to help loosen your soil and sod and mix in any soil amendments. If the sod is thick and heavy, you can use a spade to remove the top layers prior to tilling.

Examine the soil and determine if it is sandy soil, clay soil, or sandy loam.  Sandy loam is ideal.  To find out if it is sandy loam put some dirt in your hand and form it into a ball and squeeze it tightly.  If it falls apart when you release it then it is sandy loam.  Also you can take a specimen of dirt to the town extension office and they will let you know what type of soil it is and can also give you advice about how to make it better. Find more interested information on sheds .

Invest in a good packet or collection of seeds for your vegetable garden.   High quality seeds are the first step in starting vegetable gardens that will yield good results without too much difficulty.  Check your seed packet for a freshness date to ensure that your seeds will sprout readily.

As you start your vegetable garden, focus on smaller vegetables that will take up less room. Peas, beets and zucchini are good options for a small garden.  Large crops such as pumpkins and squash may be unmanageable for a beginner gardener.  Be wary of early morning frosts before you start planting.

Proper fertilizer is essential for your new vegetable garden. Water soluble or granular fertilizer is the best option. 15-15 or 20-20 fertilizer is a good choice, as it affords your plants the correct balance and mix of essential nutrients and ingredients they need. You should fertilize the soil before planting the seeds by at least a week or so before. The fertilizer should be worked into the top soil six inches deep. After your plants begin to grow, you can always add more fertilizer to your vegetable garden as the need arises.

Grow Your Own Vegetables

We're all used to seeing rising prices, but the cost of food seems to have skyrocketed in the last few years. One way to protect yourself against high food prices is to grow your own vegetables. This is also a very good way to insure you will have plenty of fresh, wholesome food, even in the face of food shortages. Surprisingly, just about anyone can grow a good vegetable garden just about anywhere. You just have to put in a little hard work.

Starting your own garden isn't an incredibly difficult thing for people to do, but it isn't a piece of cake either. By following a few common sense rules, you'll soon be enjoying the "fruits" (and vegetables) of your labor. If this is your first time starting a vegetable garden than you will want to start off small. This will give you an idea of how to garden and all of the hard work and time that it requires. You may even want to consider using containers to grow your own vegetables.

To be able to grow your own vegetables, you should locate your vegetable garden in an area that gets six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day. A spot near the house may be desireable, but consider any shade or trees that might block out the sun.

When planning out your vegetable garden, remember that some soil types are not suitable for planting vegetables. To improve the quality of your soil, mix in some organic compost and other organic nutrients for best results. Do this 2-3 weeks before you plant.

If you want your plants to grow well, you must be sure to have good drainage. You don't want your vegetable garden standing in water after a soaking rain. If your plants stand in water, too long, they may drown. Be sure to dig drainage ditches around your garden. Another option is to use agriculture tile to facilitate drainage.

For your vegetable garden, you first need seeds. These can be purchased in garden stores, via catalogs, and online. Many seed companies carry a variety of vegetable seeds from dwarf varieties suitable for container gardening to heirloom seeds for vigorous vegetable gardens. A proven stock is a wise purchase for greater sucess to grow your own vegetables.

Keep in mind where you would like to place each of your plants. If you place markers first, you will be able to make nice, straight rows. Be sure to place your plants at even intervals. Be careful not to put them too close together. You want them to have plenty of room to grow and thrive.