Do you want to start a vegetable garden?
Summer is approaching, which means now is a great time to start working towards growing your dream garden! Growing your own vegetables is a great way to eat healthier, save money, and enjoy the outdoors.
1. Prepare Your Vegetable Garden
Start by selecting a space for your vegetable garden. Choose a sunny spot in your yard – most vegetables need 6-8 hours of direct sunlight to produce. If you don’t have a lawn, a sunny balcony or window will work well for container planting.
Before you’re ready to plant, prepare your soil. For in-ground gardens, amend your soil with fertilizer and compost. I recommend natural composts such as Gardenscape Mushroom Compost. If you are gardening from a balcony or window, use an all-purpose potting soil in your containers.
2. Choose Your Vegetables
There is nothing more delicious than fresh produce that you’ve grown yourself. Choose vegetables that are easy to grow, such as tomatoes, potatoes, beans, and greens. Keep in mind that some vegetables need more space than others.
Tomatoes, for example, typically grow anywhere between 4-7 feet tall or more. If you want to grow tomatoes, plant with size in mind. Or, you can plant dwarf varieties that don’t take up much space. These are perfect for small spaces and container gardens.
Carrots, beets, radishes, and corn only produce once – so keep that in mind when making your decision. Many gardeners choose to grow plants that produce many vegetables over the season.
3. Learn and Grow
Once you’ve prepared your garden space and chosen your vegetables, plant them out according to the seed package directions.
Some gardeners choose to buy transplants from a local garden store to save time and get a head-start on the growing season. As your plants grow and begin to produce, be sure to check your garden and be alert for pest problems, weeds, and fungus.
Most pests can be eliminated by hand-picking the bugs off the leaves. Avoid chemical sprays and pesticides. Water your garden deeply twice a week, angling the water so that it hits the base of the stem and not the leaves.
Watering overhead can cause disease and mildew to form on the leaves of the plant. Some plants, like tomatoes, are especially sensitive to overhead watering.