With organic fruit and vegetables become more integrated into everyday life, it’s no wonder that people are now turning their hand to creating their own vegetable gardens. There’s nothing better than tucking into a beautiful ripe tomato or glistening potato that’s come directly from the bottom of your garden.
However it’s not all as easy as planting a few seeds, there is a bit of an art to it. So here is our how to guide to creating your very own vegetable garden.
Think about the position of where you want your vegetable garden to be. Vegetable patches need a lot of light so it’s best to keep them away from large trees that will create hours of shade each day. Be careful also not plant too close to a tree’s roots as they grow and evolve over time so could affect your vegetables over the years to come.
Some trees in fact, can create many problems in gardens, so it’s always worth hiring a tree specialist to give you advice about any new project you’re thinking of developing in your garden. At times your trees may just need to be trimmed back, at other times your garden may benefit from a tree removal, so it is always worth checking before embarking on a new garden development.
One common problem can be people being a little overzealous and taking too much on. So starting small and then slowly building it up is the best way to go. Choose good, soft soil so the roots can grow nice and easily. Spacing your crops carefully is also important, so make sure the space you choose has enough floor space to evenly distribute the crops so they all have enough room to grow.
A good size to start with will be 15×10 feet and your rows should run north to south to make sure you make the most of the day’s sun. The more sun your crops get the better your vegetables will grow.
Choose Quality Seeds
Don’t scrimp on the seeds you buy. There’s not a huge difference between the cheaper and more expensive seeds. By just spending a little more you will enjoy much higher quality produce.
What to Plant?
So now you have your plot already planned, you know the size and have thought about the spacing and what area of your garden will get the most sun. So now for the fun bit. Planning what vegetables to grow.
Tomatoes, carrots, beets, zucchini, radishes, peppers, lettuce, green beans and cabbage are a great place to start. Think about your favourite vegetables and also think about the produce that is difficult to find in your local area. Then you can begin thinking about the produce that you want to create and essentially, eat.
Once you have all of the above in place, you’re good to go. Make sure you are regularly watering your vegetable plot and be vigilant with insects. With just the above steps you can be enjoying your very own, completely home grown, organic vegetables in no time at all.