Easy steps to planting a vegetable garden
Here you will learn what is needed for planting a vegetable garden from starting a new site, to ways of enhancing your own current gardening experience. Planning is a key to having a successful garden. It will save you time, energy and money when planting and caring for your vegetables.
I have planted a vegetable garden in containers, in my backyard, and currently I am growing on a 2 acre organic commercial farm.
These are the steps I use when planting a vegetable garden:
Step 1 - Find your garden site
Step 2 - Plan your vegetable garden layout
Step 3 - Soil preparation
Step 4 - Vegetable seeds
Step 5 - Maintain plant growth
Step 6 - Vegetable harvest
I grow vegetables because I am always inspired to see a tiny seed grow into a tasty fresh veggie and I love to eat them too. My favorites are just picked shelling peas, green beans, corn on the cob and fresh crispy salad greens. To help you with your own vegetable garden plans I have written several ebooks. In them you will find easy to follow diagrams on where and when to plant a vegetable garden for raised beds, row gardening and square foot gardens.
Before you start planting your own garden consider these questions:
What vegetables do you and your family like to eat?
Which ones would you like to grow? Do you want to eat fresh or have enough to freeze and can? Here is a list of the best vegetables for preserving.
Why do you want to grow vegetables?
To save on the grocery bill? Growing your own veggies is one way to save some money. For healthier vegetables? I believe organic food is healthier for you and by growing your own you know exactly how they are grown. For exercise? You can burn up to 200 calories an hour gardening. You stay limber and can enjoy the outdoors.
How much time do you want to spend gardening?
It will take some time to set up and plan your first garden site, but once that is done most home gardeners will probably spend 4 - 8 hours a week depending on the garden size.
How large is your site?
For a beginner gardener it is important to start small. 100 square feet is plenty of garden space to start with. This is a 10 foot by 10 foot garden area or 3 - 8 foot by 4 foot raised beds.
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