We cover how to establish a vegetable garden from the beginning, which veggies to grow, and when and what to plant in the Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Guide.
It is critical to choose a suitable site for your garden. A bad site might lead to bad vegetables! Here are some pointers on how to pick a good site:
- Most veggies require 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day to thrive. A few vegetables (mostly the leafy ones) will endure some shade.
- Drains well and doesn’t remain wet: If your soil is poorly drained and water pools, put vegetables in a raised bed or elevated row for better drainage. Moist soil leads to wet roots, which can lead to rot. If your soil is rocky, till it and remove the boulders, since they will obstruct root growth and make your plants weaker.
- Stable and wind-free: Avoid locations where strong wind could knock over your young plants or prevent pollinators from doing their job. You also don’t want to plant in an area that gets a lot of foot traffic or floods frequently. Plant at a spot that would make Goldilocks happy—a spot that is “just perfect.”
- Soil that is nutrient-dense. Your plants are fed by the earth. You’ll have weak, unhealthy plants if your soil is thin and nutrient-deficient. To help your plants grow, provide plenty of organic stuff. Learn how to make your soil ready for veggie planting.
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Choose foods that you (and your family) enjoy. If your children adore green beans, put more effort into growing a large harvest. Consider how many vegetables your family will consume. Be careful not to over plant; trying to care for a large number of plants will simply exhaust you.
Consider the variety of vegetables available at your local supermarket. Instead of the readily available cabbage or carrots, you could choose to plant tomatillos. Furthermore, certain vegetables are so much better when produced at home that it’s practically a waste not to consider them. Herbs cultivated at home are also far less expensive than herbs purchased at the grocery store. Make sure you’re using high-quality seeds. Seed packages are less expensive than individual plants, but if the seeds do not germinate, you will have wasted your money and work. A few more cents invested on seeds in the spring will result in better crops at harvest.