by Garn Todd Joseph & Jillian La Rocque
Marketing Officers for the Millenia Group of Companies
Not only does having a vegetable garden in your yard provide savings on the amount that you spend on groceries, it also increases the appeal of your property and may just set your home apart from the competition. A vegetable garden is the best way to get fresh organically grown vegetables, and is a great way to get fresh air and exercise. In this article you will find some great vegetable gardening tips and vegetable gardening basics that can help you get started.
Choose the location of a vegetable garden
There are four factors to consider when choosing the location for a vegetable garden; they are Convenience, Sunlight, Drainage, and Soil type.
1. Convenience is a very important factor when choosing the location for your vegetable garden because it will affect the amount of time spent tending your garden.
2. Sunlight is one of the main ingredients needed for plant growth and production so be sure to choose a location which receives adequate sunlight.
3. Drainage is fundamental because most plants do not grow well in waterlogged areas. The garden should at the very least be slightly elevated.
4. Certain soil types are not suitable for certain plants. Ensure that the plants you want to grow are compatible with the soil in your yard.
Choose the vegetables to grow
The most popular vegetables in vegetable gardening are: Cabbage, Radishes, Winter squash, Carrots, Lettuce, Beans, Summer squash, Cucumbers, Peppers and Tomatoes; there are many, many more… If you are just starting out with backyard vegetable gardening, you may want to choose 2 or 3 plants to grow until you get the hang of keeping a vegetable garden.
Make your vegetable garden layout
For most vegetables, there is no set spot to put them in but many vegetables do need a certain amount of space to do well. It is helpful to make a plan/layout that will help you allocate enough space for all the vegetables you have chosen.
Prepare the soil in your vegetable garden
Make sure that the soil in your chosen vegetable garden location is as good as it can be; this is probably the most important piece of vegetable gardening advice before you plant a single thing in the ground.
If you have clay soil, then spend some time amending the soil. Have your soil tested. Make sure that the soil’s pH is appropriate, and if you need to lower the pH or raise the pH, take time to do that. Fix any deficiencies with:
Planting a home vegetable garden is not scary. You can do it! In no time at all, you will be proudly serving your own home grown vegetables.