Vegetable gardens are great resources, that make for amazing hobbies. Not only does it improve your home cooked meals by providing fresh, bright ingredients, but it also teaches you important life skills like patience and consistency. If you’re one of the many people that cares about how fresh your food is, there’s no beating the organic vegetables that you pull from your garden 5 minutes before you add it to your dinner.
If you have kids, caring for a vegetable garden can be a great way to spend time together. Working together to help your little harvest along can be both fun and satisfying. It also teaches them that if work hard and stick with a project, it can be incredibly gratifying, because you get to actually enjoy the fruits of your labor.
If this is your first time caring for a garden, we’ve put together a list of some of the staple tips and tricks to making sure your garden turns out exactly the way you were hoping for, and provides the best veggies possible.
Plan Everything Out
Growing vegetables takes time, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Different plants grow in different seasons, which means that you’ll need to plan things out correctly. Before you buy seeds or plant them, do research and figure out which plants are the best for the season that you’re in. It’s even a good idea to sketch out your garden before, to make sure you leave enough room for each vegetable when it’s growing.
Raise The Garden Bed
Lifting your garden bed up above ground can do a lot of good for your plants. Bugs and other animals are likely to try to get into your garden as it starts to grow. Raising the garden up or installing chicken wire or some sort of fencing can help reduce the amount of pests that make it into your garden
Choose The Right Area
Picking the right spot for your garden is absolutely essential. You’ll want to make sure that your garden gets at least 6 hours of sun each day. Make sure you don’t pick a spot that’s too close to trees, since they’ll block the sun. Also be careful not to pick any area that will make the plants vulnerable to high winds. The last thing to check is that the spot you pick has proper drainage. If you don’t have proper drainage in your garden, your garden might flood whenever you water it or it rains.
Don’t Base Your Vegetable Choices On Looks
You might have in mind a picture of a perfect garden, with a bunch of different colors. However, instead of planning out your garden based on aesthetics, you should plant vegetables that you’re actually going to be able to use.