Vegetable Gardening Basics

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Vegetable Gardening Basics | The Experienced GardenerVegetable gardening has always been a popular hobby, which we’ve discussed on this blog before. But did you know it’s becoming more popular than ever? Perhaps it’s because hipsters are so obsessed with the original and “organic.” Or maybe it’s the renewed interest in GMOs. Regardless of the reason, it’s kind of cool to have a vegetable garden now. Plus, then you won’t have to worry about pesticide use or any other health concerns; you know exactly where those vegetables came from!

If you’d like to jump on the bandwagon and plant some vegetables, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to get started with a vegetable garden.

  • Consider raising the garden bed

This is about protection, which is important when you’re growing food; because critters would love to provide a taste test. Raising the garden bed above the ground can help, as can installing chicken wire or fencing around the perimeter.

  • Plan accordingly

Vegetables don’t grow overnight, and different plants have different growing seasons. So just don’t expect a fresh crop overnight. Plan ahead of time, because seeds must be planted well in advance of the season. You might even want to consider sketching out the layout, so you don’t plant things on top of each other.

  • Choose a good spot

This should be somewhere that gets at least 6 hours of sun per day, and isn’t too close to trees (which could block out the sun). Additionally, don’t plant anywhere that’s susceptible to high winds. And check out the drainage; without proper drainage, you’ll flood the garden.

  • Keep it simple

You might want a pretty, colorful garden, but what kind of vegetables will that produce? Instead of going with optics, look for varieties that are easier to care for. And be sure to plant vegetables that you and your family will eat; otherwise, what are you doing to do with all this stuff?

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