I’ve never been much of a person for home gardens. Truth be told, I naturally repel plants. I’m not sure if my aura gives off a certain vibe that does not allow plants to flourish or what. But I’m no good with them; hence, the reason why I’ve given up on growing a garden. A plant garden that is. With the increased appeal of saving money in this economy, I have decided to take on a home vegetable garden. I know a couple of people, my neighbors included that love growing homemade vegetables. Every season they will have their tomatoes, or cucumbers, etc. So I’ve decided to give it a whirl.
Here’s what I’ve learned to start my own home vegetable garden:
- Pick a spot to plant your vegetable garden. Veggies love plenty of sunlight, so make sure the designated spot gets plenty of sunlight especially in the morning. And think about fencing the area to protect it from small animals and/or children. Lastly, keep it close to the water source, making it easier for you to maintain it.
- Once you’ve selected your plotting area, clear away any debris. Sticks, weeds, grass, etc. will need to be removed from the area to make room for the garden fertilizer. It is recommended to fertilize your garden 6-8 weeks prior to planting.
- When you begin to fertilize your section, break up the soil that is mixed with it. Eliminate any large clumps of soil. Proceed to add a good layer of compost on top, mixing it into the soil. Finally, rake over the garden bed to smooth and level it out.
- Now you are ready to plant! Here is the decision making time, what vegetables to plant? You can plant peas, broccoli, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, etc. There are a lot of options in what type of vegetable you plant; but don’t forget you can also plant some herbs if you’d like. Be sure to read about the required maintenance for each vegetable prior to planting for success!
There you have it, the first few steps to starting your home vegetable garden. Given my previous track record, I think I’m going to start out with a small vegetable garden and see how it pans out!