101 Gardening: How to Grow Your Own Vegetables
Thinking about making your own vegetable garden? It’s a great idea, albeit it requires some research beforehand. Perhaps it’s best to make your plans during the non-gardening season as it gives you plenty of time to prepare the soil and decide which vegetables you’re going to have in your garden, as well as to educate yourself about the care each crop requires. You’re going to put in a lot of time and effort, but the satisfaction you’ll get out of the results will show you it was all worth it. It’s wonderful that you decided to take the leap and do this, so here are some things you should keep in mind when planning to grow your own vegetables.
The first thing you should do is choose where your garden is going to be. This is quite simple as long as you pay attention to a few things. Make sure you have a water source in proximity of your garden. Also, you need to have the amount of sun exposure in mind when choosing the location. Another thing you should do is make your location accessible. You need to be able to reach all parts of it. Make a practical path as you will need to use it daily.
The next thing you need to prepare is the soil in your future garden. This is key to successfully growing vegetables. Some crops need very specific soil conditions, so here we will talk about general conditions your soil must meet. Start from determining the type of soil – it shouldn’t be too heavy, like clay soil, for example, but it shouldn’t be too sandy either. Secondly, you need to provide enough organic material to your soil and the best way to do this is to apply some compost or manure. Once you’ve made the basic improvements, it’s time to go for some quality soil testing to see if you’ve done well.
You need to select which vegetables you’re going to grow carefully. If you are new to this world, we have some suggestions for you as a way to ease you into the process. Lettuce is not demanding, no matter how much space you give it, it will grow well, the space will only dictate the size of its leaves. Plus it’s easy to harvest, you just pluck the leaves. Another great choice are cucumbers. As long as your soil is rich in organic matter, they’ll thrive. Just make sure to harvest them regularly because this increases their production.
Efficient Use of Space
Regardless of how small your garden may be, you should always try to make use of all the space you have. Depending on how much space your vegetables demand, place them in a way that maximizes the number of crops in your garden. It’s always better to have many vegetables together in a smaller space, than scattered on a huge surface. This way you will help yourself, as you’ll need to take care of a smaller surface, hence you’ll be able to work faster and more efficient in your chores.
Make a “Farm Plan”
There are certain issues that might arise during the year. Luckily, most of them can be predicted, which is why you need a ‘’farm plan’’. You might need to build a fence around your garden to prevent wildlife from damaging your plants. Another thing you should defend your garden from is weed. Also, keep in mind the height of your vegetables and sun exposure. Make sure to arrange your plants in a way that they do not pose an obstacle to other plants in your garden. If not, then try to cut them whenever you can in order to maintain the amount of sun other vegetables need.
Costs and Benefits
Another important issue for you are finances. Sure it’s fun to have a garden where you grow your own vegetables, but don’t get carried away. You’re not in it for the money, but you also don’t want to be losing a lot of money every year. List all your expenses related to creating and maintaining the garden and see if they actually pay out.
These were some tips to help you get started with growing your own vegetables. We hope they were helpful and wish you good luck in your quest to make an excellent garden. With good will and proper preparations anything can be achieved!