Starting a vegetable garden can be a great project to do with the kids.
We all want to save money on our trips to the store. Or maybe it
is just the joy of picking fresh vegetables from the back yard?
What ever the reason your interest is in starting a vegetable garden it is the best way to have fresh organic produce for your family.
Vegetable gardens can be small or large depending on the space
Even if space is limited you can produce some good vegetables in containers, on your back porch, in a small square foot or raised garden bed.
Let's get started
Plan where you want to place
the vegetable garden. Choose a location in your yard that will provide 8 hours
of full sun. Decide on the size of your vegetable garden. If this is your first
garden start smaller.
A 5 foot x 5 foot space will provide a good variety of vegetables with out a lot of work. A larger garden can become a lot to manage for a beginner.
Lay out a garden plan with
the vegetables you want to grow and the location of each vegetable in your garden.
This helps you remember from year to year where you planted your vegetables and
makes next years’ crop rotation easier.
Now that you have your garden location and
your garden layout ready, you can start preparing the garden for planting. This
can be done in the fall or spring. A few years ago I started using the
If you want to go with a traditional method, tilling and
planting each spring, that is fine too. Prepare your area by removing weeds and
adding compost to the soil. This helps increase the organic matter, which helps
the soil retain moisture and nutrients for the vegetable plants.
Some local land fills sell compost at a reasonable cost. Other wise compost or soil amendments can be purchased at garden centers.
Next is planting the vegetable garden, this is
the fun part next to harvesting. If you’re planting vegetable seeds, most
packets will have the best time to plant in your area on the back. If not check
you’re planting zone here.
Different vegetable grow under different conditions,
either cool weather or warm weather. Cool weather vegetable can be planted in
the early spring when frosts still occur. Warm weather vegetables need to be
planted when all danger of frost is past. That is different for each area of
In our area we can plant the cool weather vegetables in
March and the warm weather vegetable by June 1st. If you live further south
that may be in April or May.
Once your vegetables are planted, you will want to keep
the seeds and young plants moist until they are established. After they are
established keep the garden free of weeds that compete with the vegetables.
Water the garden regularly if it doesn’t rain. The vegetable garden will need one to two inches of water per week.
Keep the weeds out and enjoy your harvest!
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