Starting A Vegetable Garden

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 available.

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.

Starting a vegetable garden
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Step one

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.

Step two

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.

Some easy vegetables to start with are tomatoes, green peppers, green beans, carrots and onions.

Step Three

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 no-till-garden method.

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.

Step Four

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 the country.

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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