Basic guide to getting started in Vegetable Gardening

Basic guide to getting started in Vegetable Gardening

Find out the main steps to make a garden and enjoy the best vegetables.

Guide for beginners 

If you want to start a vegetable garden at home, and you’re a beginner, this guide explains everything you need to know. 

Eating vegetables from your own vegetable garden is healthier and more delicious, since you get more intense flavors, as well as having fun in the meantime. 

However, to have a good vegetable garden, there are some key points you should consider. 

 

Choose your location 

The ideal location for your vegetable garden should be in direct sunlight, since there are plants that need six to eight hours of sunlight. 

You should also choose a spot where water can drain easily to stop roots from rotting.

You should also avoid windy areas that could knock down young plants or stop insect pollinators from doing their job.

 

Growing space

To start a comfortable and easy growing space, ideally you need a space of around 10 m ².

You can place four posts in a rectangle to define the area and work comfortably. 

If you don’t have earth or you have a balcony, you can grow plants in containers that have drainage or you can make holes in the containers to drain water. 

 

Working the soil 

For your plants to grow well, you should work the soil with a spade so that it is as well aired as possible. 

Remove roots, rocks and garbage. The soil should be as compact as possible. You can use packing pearls or coconut fiber. 

Finally, for your plants to grow strong you should place compost, organic matter or leaf soil and spread it out with a rake. 

 

Paths 

All vegetable gardens should ideally have paths to walk on and be able to reach plants easily. 

As well as being able to access each plant faster when harvesting, paths are also useful to pull weeds easily. 

Paths should be all around the vegetable garden, and should be approximately 1 meter apart. 


Choosing your plants 

The recommendation is that when you  start your vegetable garden you choose vegetables or herbs that grow quickly and are productive. 

You should also find out which plants grow well in your area since the climate and the soil can affect growth. 

Choose vegetables that your family will like and check when you will be able to harvest them.

 

When to sow

Sowing time depends on the type of variety, as some seeds are  sown in warm climates and others can grow in the cold.  

That is why it is important to find information on the subject and find recommendations as to how to sow each seed.

It is also advisable to stagger your sowing, planting seeds on different days of the week, so you can harvest vegetables at different times.  

 

Start slowly

To start your vegetable garden, you should sow only a few seeds.

You should consider the area you are using to know which seeds to sow and to make sure they are spaced out. 

Starting slowly will allow you to have more control over your crops and to be able to look after them better. Start your vegetable garden now and enjoy the most delicious vegetables!


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