We all have experienced the disappointment that comes from opening up our fridge only to find that our vegetables are already limp, stodgy, or bruised. Starting a vegetable garden is the best way to go in order to have fresh produce all the time while actually saving money. Here are the easy steps for you to follow in starting your own vegetable garden.
1. Select Location
There are three important things to consider in selecting your vegetable garden location. First, the location should have plenty of direct sunlight which is ideally 6-8 hours or more. Second, you should have water access in that location since the vegetable plants need to be watered regularly. Third, it is very important to select a location that has well-draining, rich, and fertile soil.
2. Prepare your Garden
In preparing a vegetable garden, you will need tools to rake out the stones and till the soil. Grab your trowel, fork, and even shovel to remove the stones and weeds in the location. Fencing is also one important part of your preparation because you would want to protect your crops from animals who would be tempted to eat them.
3. Learn your Hardiness Zone
It is important the know which crops will grow best in your area and the best time to plant them. The Plant Hardiness Zone differs from one area to another and this factor has an extreme effect on how your garden grows.
4. Choose your Crops
Consider planting vegetables that your family mostly consumes. This is also a great opportunity to plant vegetables that are hard to find in your area. Try making a list of the vegetables that you tried to purchase but aren’t available. If your climate condition allows, you will not only eat fresh vegetables but also cook in more varieties than ever and save money from groceries.
5. Plant in Sufficient Distance
When it comes to row planting, it is ideal to allow at least an 18 inches distance between your crops. If there is not enough distance, the risk of your plant suffering from diseases is higher. The communication of disease from one plant to another is to a great extent if they are too close together.