Raising Your Own Vegetables
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 30, 2015)
Have you ever stopped to think about just how useful a garden can be? Whether you are looking to save some money and cut your food expenses, or you are interested in teaching your children a lesson, then try a vegetable garden. Raising your own vegetables is a surprisingly easy thing to do, if you have know where to start. That's where these simple guidelines come into play.
- Equipment. When you begin to raise your own vegetables, you will need to be sure that you have the proper equipment to get the job done. Usually you will need to have only a few simple tools to begin planting your own vegetable garden. These tools are a rake for removing clumps of dirt and spreading soil, a spade for digging, and some stakes and string to keep your rows nice and straight.
- Planning. Often the difference between successful gardens, and unsuccessful ones is a little planning. Taking time to plan out where your garden is going to be, choosing the best location for it, and the best way to fit it into your available space. Actually draw out a diagram to ensure you have the best possible design is always a good idea.
- Choosing seeds. Choose the seeds that you will be planting with care. Not all plants will grow in all areas. Make sure that you take time to do a little research into the kinds of vegetables you will be growing, and whether they will work in your particular growing zone or not. Also make sure that you know what requirements each plant will have in regards to sunlight needed, watering schedule, and common aliments.
- Starting seeds. It is always a good idea to start your vegetable seeds indoors. By starting the plants indoors, you reduce the risks that the plants will face, while being able to give them a good solid start in life. Simply place the seeds into some potting soil, and begin to grow. Be sure that you begin your planting a few weeks (no more than eight) before the regular planting season.
- Preparing soil. Before transplanting your seedlings outside, you need to prepare the soil for those vegetables. Make sure that you mix the soil properly for each of the plants that you will be growing in your garden. On average, the best way to prepare a vegetable garden soil for a new transplant is to mix some fertilizer with the soil to a depth of about six to eight inches.
Congratulations, you have now begun raising your own vegetables. Keep up the care and maintenance of your plants, and in no time you will be enjoying some of the best tasting vegetables you have ever imagined!