If you are tired of paying for costly veggies at the supermarket that are probably doused with pesticides and other chemicals, a good option is to grow your own veggies. This may sound like a hard and intimidating thing to do, but it’s actually quite easy, as long as you follow the proper steps. There are a few simple steps to start a vegetable garden, so let’s get to it and help you grow some awesome veggies.
Steps on How to Start a Vegetable Garden
Step 1: Choose the Location
First off, you need to choose the right location for your vegetable garden. On average, vegetables need at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day to really flourish.
Exactly how much sun your vegetable garden will need will depend on the exact veggies being grown, so do some research on this front before getting started.
Try to place the vegetable garden away from trees that might throw shade onto it throughout the day. Choose the location, and make sure that you place it close to a water source as well.
2. Choose the Type of Bed
The next step in this process is to choose the type of garden bed that you want. Generally speaking, there are 3 options to choose from.
Planting Directly in the Soil
The first option is to do it like most farmers do and how most people have done it for centuries; simply plant the veggies right in the soil. If you want to ensure that your veggies will receive lots of nutrients, it is a good idea to remove a lot of the current soil and replace it with planting soil that is designed specifically for vegetable gardens. Remember to till the soil to soften it up and to allow for proper aeration and drainage. You will also want to make those classic little mounds for planting.
Making Raised Beds
You can choose to make raised square foot beds. These beds look very nice, they create natural pest barriers, they are easy to build, and inexpensive. The walls of the raised beds will help to contain your garden and it will help to stop grass from growing into it.
The other option is to use pots, which are great if you don’t have a good location to make a full-size vegetable garden bed, as you can separate the pots and put each in its own ideal location. Just make sure to choose the right size pot for whatever vegetables you plan on growing.
Step 3: Choose Starter Plants or Seeds
Now that you have chosen where they will be grown, you need to choose the actual vegetables you want to grow, and moreover, you need to choose whether you want to purchase seeds or starter plants.
Do some research here, because some veggies are best grown from seeds, while others are easier if you get starter plants.
If you are new to gardening, starter plants are much easier to deal with and much more reliable, as you don’t have to deal with germination, but once again, it depends on the specific type of vegetables you want to grow.
Step 4: Plan for Watering
Of course, your vegetable garden is going to need water provided to it on a regular basis. Therefore, you need to figure out how you are going to water your veggies.
Some people may go so far as to build their own self-watering garden bed, which is very convenient and helps to reduce the need for daily watering, but of course, also takes some time and effort to build.
Some people choose to install watering systems using timers; some people use a garden hose; and some people try to use nothing but natural rain. Do your research in this regard and figure out exactly how you plan on keeping your vegetable garden watered.
Step 5: Preventing Pests
One of the most important parts of planting a vegetable garden is to account for pesky pets that can and will eat your veggies.
For insects, there are plenty of home remedies that can be mixed together and spread around the garden to prevent insects from invading.
You may need to resort to chemical alternatives if you are worried about pests severely damaging your veggie garden.
You can always choose to build a fence or mesh enclosure around the sides and the top of the vegetable garden to ensure that birds, squirrels and other creatures cannot get to the produce.
Step 6: Fertilizing the Soil
Next, remember that vegetables require nutrients to grow properly, and these are nutrients that you will need to supply. High-quality vegetable garden soil will go a long way here, but chances are that it will not be enough on its own.
Therefore, you will need to use fertilizer to make sure that those veggies grow fast, big, and strong. There are chemical fertilizers out there, but of course, you don’t want your veggies full of chemicals.
Therefore, it is recommended that you use organic fertilizers. Things like peat moss, bat guano, worm castings, and other such things make for great organic and natural fertilizers that will spur plant growth, all without the need to worry about poisonous and harmful chemicals.
Step 7: Figure Out What to Plant
Now that you have completed building your vegetable garden, the last step is to choose the vegetables you want to grow. Remember that different vegetables need to be planted at different times of the year; they take various amounts of time to grow; and they also need to be harvested at different times.
Something else to remember is that when you plant specific veggies is going to depend on where you live. If you live somewhere with steady temperatures all year round, you are in luck. However, if you live somewhere it gets very cold in the winter and does not start to warm up enough for vegetable planting until the late spring months, you will need to take this into account.
For instance, kale can resist frost, and in fact, some people say that kale that has been grown with a healthy dose of frost every now and again actually tastes better. So, in essence, take into account where you live, what the weather is like, and how long specific veggies take to grow, and this should help you choose the right veggies for your garden.
Here are some of the best vegetables to grow in your garden.
- Sweet potato
- Various herbs
The bottom line is that there are many benefits to growing your own veggies at home. For one, it’s much more cost effective, not to mention that you can control exactly what you grow.
Moreover, at home, you can grow your produce the way you see want, without chemicals and pesticides that the big farms use. At the end of the day, if nothing else, you will notice that homegrown veggies are much more flavorful.