Starting something new could be really scary at first…such as your first food garden!
The good news here for you- vegetable gardening is not the hardest thing to pull off in the world!
It could be a daunting task but it’s absolutely doable!
Homegrown vegetables are a lot more pleasant than store bought ones, (who are we kidding, they are much more delicious!) it gets more pleasing when you consider the emotional bond you’ll have developed with your plants by harvest, cooking and eating them is much more rewarding.
Setting up your very own vegetable garden shouldn’t have to be complicated, we’ve put together 6 useful and helpful tips to get you started on this journey. So dig in (literarily).
Get a location
This is one thing a lot of beginners get wrong if you pick a wrong location for your plant, you can’t blame the seeds for the bad harvest! Most veggies love to sunbathe, be sure to pick a spot that ensures them at least 6 hours of sunlight in a day.
Your vegetables would also need water, wherever your location is going to be, don’t let your water source be far off.
Prepare your soil
Once you’re sure you have the right location, the next thing to get ready is your soil (of course) the healthier the soil the more assurance you have of smiling during harvest.
Healthy, nutrient-rich soil cannot be overemphasized; the best way to get this is to invest in constructing raised beds.
There are several ways to go about this project, the common way is to make use of four planks to build a box-like frame that you will fill with soil.
Your intention as a vegetable gardener is to have healthy plants that’ll have no hard time drawing nutrients and water from the soil, raised beds gives you the opportunity to quickly get a few thick layers of fertile soil for your plants. Using manure and compost on the soil makes it even richer.
Choose easy to grow Veggies
The Golden rule when starting is to go with the easiest plants.
To grow into vegetable gardening, start with the easy ones. Such vegetables as onions, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers are easy to grow, mail because all they need is to be watered, no complicated tendering required.
Choose vegetables you’ll want to eat
Don’t just plant anything because you like the way they look. It will be such a waste to watch perfectly healthy vegetables wither and die, especially not after all the hard work!
Save your energy only for plants you’ll gladly eat, those are the ones you’re more likely to harvest when that time comes.
When it comes to choosing the number of vegetables to plant, be realistic. You would need to be realistic about how often you eat such vegetable in your family, you will need to consider how easy it is to preserve, how long you want to have it around and so on.
Don’t overplant so you don’t get discouraged in taking care of them or burdened while you harvest.
Mulching is not mandatory, but the benefits are super!
Mulching inhibits weed germination and growth, it helps hold in your soil moisture which protects your plants from drying out and it regularities your soil temperature. (cool unh?)
Bonus Tip: Plant at the right time
For those plants that need constant rainfall (veggies do) be sure to plant when there is still enough time for them to mature in the rain season.
You can take to using diverse methods to figure out planting dates, don’t plant blindly.
Once you dig into your soil, get yourself a journal and take note of the way your plants are doing.
Even though there are tips and tricks to gardening, there is often no one size fits all, keeping a journal would help you learn how particular plants fair in your garden and that way you’ll know whether to invest in such plant the next season or not.
A spiral notebook or an exercise book would do. We have a limited stock of vegetable garden notebooks. Contact us if you’d like one at firstname.lastname@example.org.