Vegetable gardening is not just for professional and large-scale growers. Due to the increasing methods of propagation, vegetable gardening has been made easier for home gardeners. Starting your own vegetable garden can surely be an enjoyable and satisfying experience. Successful home vegetable gardens begin with planning and preparation.
Where to Setup your Vegetable Garden
Vegetable gardens are best started small. For home gardeners who are beginners in growing vegetables, starting small makes it easier to monitor and maintain the growth of the vegetables. To start, identify a spot in your garden where your prospective vegetables can be exposed to enough sunlight. Also, this part of your garden should have a steady source of water. Make sure that this area does not have many pebbles and stones embedded in the soil so that you won’t have a hard time preparing your soil for planting.
Choosing What to Plant
It’s important to know which kinds of vegetables thrive in the climate and type of soil in your area. There are many vegetables to choose from but it’s best to begin with the vegetables you personally enjoy eating or the ones you usually need. Doing this will make your gardening more rewarding since you’ll be looking forward to harvesting vegetables that you really like.
Here’s a list of vegetables that are easy to grow for beginners:
- Pepper or Capsicum
Once you have determined which vegetable/s you should grow in your garden, make sure to only acquire plant seeds from credible seed managers and suppliers.
When You Should Plant
You should always plant vegetables in the right season. Successful home gardeners follow a seed calendar. This tells you which vegetables are best planted in each month or season. Vegetables are classified according to which season they are most abundant in. Gardeners should be familiar with summer, fall, winter, spring, and year-round vegetables.
Start Your Garden
After you have planned what you want your vegetable garden to be like, the following steps will help you get started with the planting process:
- Prepare your soil. Ensure that the soil is free of weeds and snail. Mow the grass surrounding the area using your best zero turn mower. Grass can create shade that blocks the sunlight. They also compete with the vegetables for the nutrients from soil.
- Don’t overcrowd your seeds. Create equal distance for each seed or seedling when planting.
- Water your plants moderately. Don’t overwater as it could wash out the seeds.
- Fertilizers should also be applied in moderation. When planting in sandy soil or clay, add a lot of compost to add substance to the medium.
- Don’t harvest your crops prematurely. Wait until the fruits mature before you pick them.
- Never neglect your vegetables. Watch out for signs of plant diseases. Remove the affected plant to avoid destroying your vegetable garden.
Having a vegetable garden is a fun experience anyone can enjoy. It’s a long-term investment and an easy start to a more sustainable home.