Vegetable Gardening For Beginners

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It can be somewhat intimidating when you think of starting a vegetable garden when you’re a beginner. It doesn’t have to be. There a few basics you need to know, and there are tons of benefits. You get to grow you own food, which means you know exactly what goes into it. You also get to be outside enjoying the air, and get some exercise! It doesn’t matter if you live in a rural area or the middle of the city, everyone can start a vegetable garden.

Growing a vegetable garden is much easier than growing a thriving flower bed. Vegetables are a little more resilient and do a little better even in changing weather. We had a freak snow/ice storm this year after I’d planted some vegetables. They were covered with ice and snow and they kept right on growing. Vegetable gardens can take up a lot of room, but they certainly don’t have to. You can even plant your vegetable garden in containers, thanks to growers now producing dwarf varieties of many garden favorites.

Before you start your vegetable garden you will have to decide what type of garden you want. There are a few different styles of garden. The most traditional of gardens is set up in rows. You plant all your seeds or plants in rows evenly spaced. This requires a lot of space, and you will have a lot of weeding to do to keep your garden looking good and producing well. This is the first type of garden I went with. We only did it for a year or two.

We tried the traditional method for our garden for a couple years. It was a lot of weeding and really just too much for us to manage. We then came across the raised bed method of vegetable gardening. This is what we still use today. You create a raised bed, usually not more than 4 feet across. This is so you can reach the middle from either side. Our beds are about 12 inches high, but you can have them as short as 6. We find it much easier to maintain these beds, the weeding is much less, and it’s easier to get to the vegetables for harvesting without compromising the soil. If we want more space for gardening we simply create a new bed.

You can also incorporate flowers into your vegetable garden.  A bit of the best of both worlds. There are many varieties of flowers that can actually be eaten and make a nice addition to a salad harvested from your garden. There are also flowers that will specifically help keep the bugs away. These are the perfect natural insecticide.

If you live in the city or somewhere there isn’t a lot of space, don’t give up on your dream of a vegetable garden. You can still have one. Most growers have now developed dwarf versions of many vegetables. These dwarf version provide an excellent harvest in minimal space. You can actually grow them in a pot on a windowsill or on a patio. You can also find upside down planters that will let you grow many climbing things you otherwise would not have room for.

As a beginner it’s good to start small, even if you have acres to grow on. So whether you have a patio or a homestead to grow on, it’s good to start small so you don’t get overwhelmed. A huge garden may seem like a wonderful idea, but if you’ve never done it you may find it’s more than you can handle. Start with a few of your favorites, whether you grow them in pots or in the ground. Starting small is the way to go.

Starting small is always smart, however at some point after you’ve learned how to start a vegetable garden you may want to create a bigger garden. With a bigger garden comes a bigger cost if you are starting your garden with plants.

There is a cheaper way. You can start your garden from seeds. You can plant seeds 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost in small containers, in effect, growing your own plants to plant in your garden. This can be a lot of work and it’s best to keep everything organized so you know what you have and haven’t planted yet.

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