Starting a Vegetable Garden

by Amy Gordon
(last updated December 31, 2014)

One of the most rewarding experiences is to eat vegetables that you have grown yourself in your own vegetable garden. Having a vegetable garden is a great idea for many reasons, including easy access to vegetables that are healthy and tasty, a fun activity to do as a family, and a nice way to spruce up your yard. Once you have decided that you want to have a vegetable garden, follow these tips below on how to get started.

When you are starting a vegetable garden, do not plan on making it too big. Start with something small, and make it bigger over time as you get better at it and want to try new vegetables. Plot out the area you want to use for your garden in a nice, sunny part of your lawn, preferably in full sun. Till the soil here using a rear tine tiller, or doing it by hand if you really want to get down and dirty. As you till the soil, remove rocks and such, but do not remove the sod. The sod can help drainage in your garden.

While you are tilling the soil, you should have your soil tested. If it is not too good for growing gardens, do not despair: you can bring in topsoil to help your plants grow. Another solution is to help make the soil richer by bringing in compost. This will help the soil become richer overtime if you apply it regularly, probably once in the springtime and then again in the fall after the vegetables stop growing. While it may take quite a while to get the soil where you want it, it will be worth it in the end. You can also grow in the meantime, which could be fun since you will see a noticeable difference in your vegetables over the years.

Choose the vegetables that you want to grow in the garden and plant them when the time comes. Keep in mind that some vegetables need to grow at certain times of the year. This should get you well on your way to having your own vegetable garden. If you want help planting the vegetables, see out other great guide.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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