A simple guide to starting your own vegetable garden
Vegetable gardening is a fun and rewarding experience. Nothing tastes better than a fresh tomato from your own garden and nothing beats the convenience of stepping outside your backdoor to pick one. Here are some simple steps to help get you started.If you’re in an apartment or condo and do not have land to till consider using large containers.
- If you’re lucky enough to have ground, consider the following:
Start out small. A 2’x 6’ garden bed is ideal for the first year. This will allow you to plant 2 tomato plants, a pepper, lettuce and green beans.
- 8 or more hours of sun as vegetables are sun worshipers. Trying to grow vegetables in less light will be disappointing
- Select a level area where the soil drains well. Water should not be standing there the day after a rain.
- Place your garden where you have access to water.
- Good organic compost to loosen and rejuvenate the soil.
- Worm castings, a rich, all-natural source of organic matter with nutrients and moisture-holding capabilities.
- A good organic fertilizer.
This may seem like a lot of soil amendments but it’s hard to add too much organic matter. Soils rich in organic matter provide the best environment for roots to grow. Healthy roots make healthy plants. Healthy plants are better able to fend off diseases and insects and produce bumper crops
Enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor!