by Amy Gordon
(last updated March 17, 2017)
Having vegetables grow in your own backyard is a very rewarding experience. It your plants come out looking and tasting good, that's even better. To grow your own vegetables, start by preparing the ground. (See some of our other tips for instructions if you need them.) Once you have prepared the ground you get to plant the seeds. Planting the seeds starts by planning out what you want to grow and purchasing the seeds at your local store.
If this is your first time growing a vegetable garden, you probably want to start with things that are easy to grow. Some easy to grow vegetables are peas, onions, and zucchini. If you want more advice on what type of plants to grow, you will be able to find plenty of help at your local gardening center. If you already know what you want, make sure you buy quality seeds rather than cheap ones, as the quality ones are more likely to sprout. If you cannot find what you want at your local gardening center, try purchasing seeds online. This can both save money and you will have far more options to choose from.
After you have your seeds, you are ready to plant the seeds. Putting the seeds in the ground is pretty straightforward after you have everything else prepared. Just make a little hole to put the seed into, sow the seed into the hole, and then cover it up with dirt. Sow the seeds in straight lines in an organized fashion. It is best if you put some sort of marker in each section so you know what is doing to grow where.
One thing you should be aware of is that different vegetables need different amounts of space. This should be listed on the seed packaging. If, as the vegetables start to grow, they crowd up too much, you will have to thin them out, or the vegetables may not receive the nutrients they need.
When the seeds are planted, be sure to take care of your garden. This means watering it often and keeping weeds out.
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