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How to Start a Vegetable Garden

 

If you're looking for fresh and inventive ways to add to your plant-based diet, then starting your own vegetable garden is the perfect new hobby for you.

If you’ve never tasted garden-fresh vegetables, then you’re missing out - there’s absolutely nothing quite like fresh veggies. From the succulent flavours to the bright and vibrant colours and textures, everyone should try their hand at growing their own fresh veggies.

There are a number of reasons why you should start your own veggie garden. It’s more economical, a great hobby and it’s a great way to add some variety to your plant-based diet. Regardless of the reasons for growing a vegetable garden, we'll highlight a few basic tips and tricks to help you create the right environment for your garden.

Research and Plan

A great garden comes from planning and preparing properly so that you will have an excellent chance to produce hearty and healthy vegetables. Think about what you want to grow, how much space you'll need and how much time it will take to create the garden you want.

Do some research on growing the vegetables you want as well as vegetable gardening. There are plenty of highly recommended websites, books and magazines on vegetable gardening or you can talk to workers at your local nursery.

Location, Location, Location

Choosing a wonderful location for your garden is absolutely key. So what exactly goes into having the right location for your vegetable garden?

A Sunny location

Most vegetables need 6 hours of direct sunlight. Plants that grow in partial sun/shade only need three to four hours of direct sunlight, while veggies that excel in shade need about only two hours of sunlight daily. For ideal plant growth, it’s essential to group plants with similar light requirements together in the garden.

Moist, well-drained soil

Before planting anything in the garden, test the soil for its drainage capabilities. Well-drained soil is soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate and without water pooling and puddling.

Start Small

It’s better to be pleasantly surprised by what you end up producing in your small garden than it is to be frustrated by the amount of effort it takes to maintain a big garden. Starting small can help you get a feeling for how much time gardening takes. You’ll get to understand whether or not you like spending time outside working with seeds, trimming, watering, and weeding plants as well as how much produce you and your family can eat over the course of a season.

Choosing What to Plant

Always think about sustainable food products. Be careful not to overplant and plant the food that you and your family like to eat. Another smart way to pick what to plant is to consider what veggies are already available at your local stores. Instead of cabbage or carrots, try planting radishes or zucchinis.

Alternatively, you can plant based on what would be better for your pocket, for instance, home-grown herbs are less expensive than grocery store herbs so planting them at home can save money.

Starting your own vegetable garden can seem overwhelming, but it’s actually much simpler than it sounds. You can improve your health, save money, and get some great exercise. Try out some of our tips and tricks and you'll be amazed at how many things you can grow out of the comfort of your own home!