Now THAT’s a vegetable garden!
Starting a vegetable garden can seem like a daunting task, but don’t think your inexperience means you can’t have a great garden this year! Vegetable gardening is one of the easiest ways to get started for beginners.
Most veggies are annual plants. That means they live for only one season and have to be replanted the following year. Once you get your first frost in the fall, the plants will die and you won’t have to worry about them anymore.
Vegetable gardening is very rewarding especially if you plant the right plants. Homegrown food is different from store-bought food, and that is something that is much easier to see when you’re used to homegrown veggies and go back to store bought.
Getting started with vegetable gardening is not a complicated process, and since I’ve been growing my own food for several years, I thought it would be nice to gather the best tips for vegetable gardening for beginners.
VEGETABLE GARDENING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS:
1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT LOCATION.
This makes the top of the list because if you choose the wrong location for your garden, then you’re sure to have disappointing results. Most summer veggies love the sun, so choose a location that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight during the day.
Don’t forget that you need to have a source of water located nearby to make watering convenient for you. A drip irrigation system that connects to a spigot is the easiest way to water your vegetable garden.
2. CHOOSE VEGETABLES APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR AREA
If you are in the US, you can use a map like this one to help you determine what grows well in your area. More importantly, knowing the length of your growing season (find that here) is also helpful.
On your seed packet, you should see a number of days to maturity. Make sure your growing season is longer than that!
Learn a bit about the type of veggie you want to grow before you plant your garden. Cold tolerant plants like broccoli and kale will turn bitter if you grow them through the heat of the summer.
For many plants, heat will make them taste bad and go to flower sooner (which also changes the flavor). If I try to grow lettuce in my garden in the summer, it gets a milky discharge that tastes really nasty!
We choose lettuce for fall and early spring plantings and avoid the summer crop for this reason.
3. KEEP IT CLOSE TO WHERE YOU SPEND A LOT OF TIME
Place your garden near to the area where you spend a lot of time already. Gardens that get a lot of attention do better, so placing your garden where you already tend to spend time makes it easy to remember to complete garden tasks.