How To Start A Vegetable Garden

Starting a vegetable garden can help you meet part of your family’s demand for fresh
organic food. With more people conscious about the foods they eat, the cost of organic
produce has skyrocketed and you can offset some of these expenses by producing your own
food.
You need to plan before starting a garden since you have to be devoted to maintaining it to
keep the plants healthy for a high yield come harvest time. Know how much time you are
willing to spare every week to care for your garden before you even begin tilling the land.
Here’s how to start a vegetable garden.

Choose a good site

The success of your garden depends on its location. The ideal site for your garden should
have enough sunlight, reliable water supply, fertile soil and favourable weather. Since
chances are your garden will be within your home then you should choose for a suitable spot
that offers most of those conditions.
Your garden should provide at least 6 hours of exposure to sunlight, which many vegetables
need to grow. Your site should also not be too exposed to strong winds that can bend or
break the stems of your plants.

Prepare the soil

You need to till the soil to make planting easy and for the plants to easily absorb nutrients
from it but you need to understand the soil in your garden before that.
The soil should be compact enough to hold the roots of your plants and contain enough
organic matter to support their growth. More importantly, the soil should have proper
drainage to allow the flow of water and air, all which are essential for your plants to thrive.
This is the reason clay and sandy soil are unsuitable for vegetable gardening unless you find
ways to improve them.
You can further improve the fertility of your soil by adding compost manure and tilling so that
it mixes properly with the soil.

Planting

The choice of crops to plant is entirely yours but you need to regard the weather
requirements for the choices you make. Some vegetables grow best when planted during
specific seasons and you should put into consideration when making a decision. Your warm-
weather plants will die if you plant them when it’s snowing.
It is also important to space your vegetables well. Overcrowding often leads to lower yields
as there is increased competition for nutrients.

Taking care of the garden

Don’t abandon your garden after planting expecting to have good yields after a certain
period. You’ll be utterly disappointed. A vegetable garden needs constant attention for it to
thrive.
You need to watch out for weeds and get rid of them as soon as they appear as
recommended by Mygardeningnetwork.Com. Left for far too long, weeds can choke your
plants leading to lower yields or force you to use chemicals which may be dangerous to you
and your children.
Also, avoid using pesticides on your vegetables as much as you can.

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