Ways to Start a Veggie Garden

by - 11/14/2017 08:48:00 PM

There is nothing better than knowing you’re eating healthy, natural, organic food. Sadly, organic food can often be rather expensive, and we opt for something cheaper that fits our budget better. Luckily, there is a way to make your own organic food right in our own garden.

Start slow

If this is your first time as a gardener, you might want to take things slow and take some baby steps before you start running. If you try to build a veggie farm overnight you will end up exhausted, frustrated, and disappointed, and that’s the worst possible outcome. Try to be realistic and start slowly: building a small garden the first season, and with each new season try adding more plants. This way you will gain more experience and will be able to take care of bigger garden in time.

Raised beds are the best

If you’re not sure whether your soil is right for gardening or you have too many rocks in the ground to actually plant anything, building some raised beds is the best way to start. Raised beds are a physical obstacle between the rest of your landscape and vegetables you’ve planted, which means that you’ll only be feeding and watering the important plants. Not only will you have less problems with weeds, but raised beds will allow you to get better yields too. The best thing is that you can make these any size and shape you want, meaning that you won’t have to transform your entire backyard into a garden if you don’t want to.

Adjust to your conditions

You need to do a bit of research and get familiar with conditions in your garden and in your region. Are your summers hot and dry or you get some rain? Will your garden get sun all day long or will there be some shade in the morning or afternoon? All these things are important because they will directly affect the growth of your veggies. Some plants enjoy being in the sun all the time, but when summer comes, some afternoon shade will be more than welcome. Before you plant any vegetables, make sure you understand your conditions and pick the veggies which will thrive there.

Start on time

If you’re building the raised beds, build them in fall or even in winter (if winter isn’t too harsh in your area). This way when the spring comes, you will be ready to plant your vegetables and not lose any more time on building and preparing the soil. In case you want to transform your present-day lawn into a garden, it’s important to remove the grass first. You can use a sharp knife or even a sod-cutting machine. Pick your tools and cut strips a foot wide and roll them up. The sods are perfect as they allow you to create an instant lawn someplace else.

Use compost

Simply planting things and watering them won’t do the trick unless your soil is rich in all the right nutrients. The best way to ensure that your soil is fertile and that your plants will get what they need in order to grow is to use compost. You can make your own compost in the comfort of your home and do several good things at once: get ‘food’ for your vegetables and reduce the amount of waste you’re producing.

Garden maintenance

As we mentioned before, simply planting veggies and watering them won’t be enough to make them grow. Your garden needs to be maintained properly, which means that you will spend plenty of time weeding, raking, and watering around. Keep your tools at hand: a bag with small rakes, trowel, hand fork, and a nice retractable hose reel from Hose Link will be enough to keep your garden neat and in order. Never skip watering, especially during hot and dry summer months, and your cucumbers and tomatoes will thrive.
Remember that gardening is a skill that takes time and patience to develop. There will be ups and downs and you need to learn to laugh at your mistakes but also to learn from them, and eventually, you will become a skilled gardener.

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  1. Hi Istin,

    Thanks for sharing this great post! More people should get into veggie gardening as it's so much fun, especially when your crops don't fail :)

    It's obvious that you love gardening too as you've discussed brilliant points, especially starting on time! That one is so important, I think it gets forgotten about a bit too often.

    Anyway, thanks again for sharing :)