There are few things you should keep in mind if you are thinking about starting a vegetable garden. The whole process can be very enjoyable if you have a clear understanding of what to do from the beginning. Here are a few do’s and don’ts of vegetable gardening to help get you started.
- Do research the types of vegetables you are considering.
The inspiration for starting a vegetable garden can come from many places including a desire to eat more naturally, save money, and have your favorite vegetables always on hand. If you love heirloom tomatoes it would be wonderful to walk into your back yard and pick one fresh off the vine. But, when you choose what types of vegetables to grow in your garden, you need to consider more than what you like to eat. Different types of vegetables and even different varieties of the same vegetable have unique needs when it comes to climate and soil. There may be some types of vegetables that will not thrive in your area. A little research will save you the money and frustration of trying to grow vegetables that cannot thrive in your area.
- Don’t ignore the sunlight needs of the vegetables.
You may think that all you need to do is find a sunny spot to plant your vegetables and then watch them grow. However, some vegetable plants have very specific sunlight needs. Whether you buy seeds or plants that have already been started, you can find information about the sunlight needs of the plant on the packaging. Pick the location of your vegetable garden so that it has the right balance of sunlight and shade for the plants you have chosen.
- Do start small.
It can be fun and exciting to start a vegetable garden for the first time. There are so many vegetables to choose from and it is fun to watch them develop. It is tempting to create the biggest garden for which your space will allow. However, it is very easy to become overwhelmed with the work of maintaining a large garden. Finding ways to use and preserve the vegetables that a large garden produces can also become a challenge. Start with a vegetable garden that is a manageable size so you can enjoy the process instead of becoming overwhelmed.
- Don’t kill off beneficial bugs.
As you learn about gardening you will find that not all bugs in your garden are harmful. In fact, there are some bugs that are an essential part of the wellbeing of your vegetable garden. Beneficial bugs can help keep the harmful bugs away and improve the health of the soil in your garden. Remember that insecticides will kill off the harmful bugs but may also get rid of the beneficial ones.
- Do enjoy the process.
Growing vegetables can seem like a slow process, especially when you look at the plants every day. But observing the process that the plants go through to produce vegetables is part of the fun. Try and enjoy each step of the process that leads up to you taking the vegetables from your garden into.