Starting a vegetable garden can be one of the most rewarding past times you will ever have. Gardens can provide you and your family with fresh, organic and healthy vegetables every day of the year. With the right planning, starting a vegetable garden will require less work than may think.
Starting a vegetable garden at home does not require a lot of space to provide wholesome food you can harvest daily. First, you must decide where to plant your vegetables, a plot. Look for an area that will provide plenty of morning sun and away from other plants or trees that can create problems such as taking vital nutrients away from your vegetables.
Starting a Vegetable Garden – Checklist
- Soil Testing (pH test).
- Garden Lime.
- Organic Fertilizers (Manure/Blood & Bones or Compost).
- Seed Raising Mix.
Testing & Preparing Your Soil
You must prepare your soil by digging and turning it over. Look to remove any waste material and weeds by hand, stay away from chemicals such as weed killers and other pest killers as they effect the quality of your soil. Take 4 soil samples (4 spots from your plot) to you local gardening outlet for pH testing. Your local gardening expert will advise whether you will need to purchase supplies such as garden lime to get your soil to the ideal pH level of 6.5, wait at least one month before you begin planting your vegetables.
You can purchase seeds or seedlings for a great price. You should plant your vegetables north/south to allow for the maximum sun exposure whilst limiting the amount of shade. Make sure you do not plant taller vegetables in a position where they will block other vegetables from receiving sufficient sunlight.
Allow 50cm or 1.5 feet between planted/sown rows. The packet on your seeds should provide you information on the space you should provide, deep to sow and when to sow based on your climate zone. Seed raising mix will help your seeds alone nicely and should definitely be used.
Maintenance & Health
The health of your vegetable garden is all about planning. Ensure you use organic fertilisers such as animal manure or compost to provide plenty of nutrients for your vegetable garden. Vegetables love water and soil moisture so make sure you provide enough water but do not water log your garden in the process.
Starting a vegetable garden is about having the right set up and proper planning, by starting a vegetable garden at home you will be able to provide fresh food for you and your family for years to come. Imagine the feelings of growing fresh food at home, it’s one of great pleasures in life.
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