I'm Not Much of a Gardener; Can I Grow My Own Vegetables?

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

I'm Not Much of a Gardener; Can I Grow My Own Vegetables? | The Experienced GardenerLet me ask a frank question: since when has lack of experience or expertise ever kept someone from doing anything in America? This is a world where every member of the Kardashian family thought they could have a talk show – Americans aren’t doing great with their limitations.

So if you’re tentative about growing a vegetable garden, consider me pleasantly surprised. A little humility or fear of failure is healthy. But this is one of the most common hobbies in the country; perhaps even the most common. Literally millions of Americans have been able to manage a vegetable garden, and we can help you accomplish the same goal. Let’s discuss how to get your vegetable garden off the ground: 

  • Start with the space

We need a good spot for our garden, and that usually means the fringes of the yard. Your garden should be separate from the lawn to prevent grass from intruding – you don’t want it competing with your vegetable roots. Additionally, consider how you will protect this garden from critters; because that’s a very real concern. You will need to elevate the garden bed off the ground or possibly add some fencing around it.

  • What kind of vegetables do you want?

Or more specifically, what kind do you want to grow? If you’re worried about your ability to keep these plants alive, we’d recommend something low maintenance. How about slicing tomatoes? They come in different color varieties and are fairly resistant to disease. Or you could opt for carrots, which can be eaten both cooked and raw. Plus, they’re perennials, which means you won’t have to replant them every year. 

  • Don’t drown the plants

Watering is important, but as we recommend with your grass, don’t overdo it. Too much water will drown the plants, and if you see a dying vegetable, don’t think you can “water it back to life.” It’s nearly impossible to resurrect a dying or weak plant to save it for the current season. 

  • Always pull the weeds

Weeds are annoying and relentless, but they also steal precious resources from the plants you actually want. So get rid of all weeds as quickly as they sprout, to keep your vegetables healthy and strong.

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