Planning your first vegetable garden

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A vegetable garden in the back or front of your home can come very handy. First of all, it saves you a lot of money. It also supplies your kitchen with fresh insecticide free vegetables. And most importantly, increases the amount of nutrition present in your average day to day meals. But, in order to reap the vegetables as well as its benefits, you need to have a well planned vegetable garden. So today, I’m going to briefly tell you about how you can easily plan a vegetable garden.

Deciding what to plant in the garden is your first concern. Because a specific type of plant a requires a specific type of soil, you cant just go in with your plants and dig holes in the soil, put them inside and pray for them to bear fruit. Now, it’s best to start small and learn slowly. Know how much your family needs during a season. Plants like tomatoes and peppers need not be planted more as they support you throughout the whole season. Other vegetables like carrots, radishes and cauliflowers need to be planted more.

Now, think about the space you are going to need to plant the vegetables. It is not completely necessary that you need to plant your vegetables in the backyard. You can event use pots if you want. This way you can even put your plants on the deck or balcony of your home. Always remember, less is more. You can have a big chunk of your backyard for growing vegetables but if you cannot maintain it, then it will become a lost cause. Having a clean fresh yet small garden will both lessen your hassle and keep you and your family happy.

Picking a good spot for the garden is vital to its growth and production. You cannot have a garden at the back of your house next to the walls where there isn’t any sunlight or good soil. Pick a small patch of land where sunlight is available during the day and a water source is near. Vegetables need plenty of water to grow. But they also need good soil to grow. It all starts with the soil. Till the soil, clear all the weeds and add manure if necessary. Make the plant beds and surround the area with a small fence so that kids and pets can’t just walk or barge in.

After you have planted the vegetable plants, you have to take good care of the. Water them regularly, check for insects and apply pesticides if necessary. Put a shade over the garden if the sunlight is too strong. And in case of heavy rain, be sure to put a sturdy shade that won’t fall apart easily. Once the plants are fully grown though, these won’t be necessary.

Hope this helps you enough to get you pumped up and ready for you to start on your garden. Best of luck to you and your garden. Just don’t end up hurting yourselves or anything.