Starting A Vegetable Garden: Tips That Work

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Starting a vegetable garden is not all that scary! And you may have put it off longer than necessary in fact. For some, gardening is a preferred way to relax and ease themselves off a ton of stress while for others, especially food gardeners, a vegetable garden is undoubtedly one way to avoid paying that new ‘outrageous’ price for tomatoes or zucchini.

Equally, everywhere we look there always seems to be some orientation or emphasis on living and eating healthy, going organic, or choosing natural-made produce to artificial ones. Not only are these choices healthy but they also trim our budget considerably to our advantage.

So here you are, keen on healthy eating and an avid lover of vegetable gardening but with no idea of how to start a food garden or how to maintain it. The good news is, vegetable gardening is not as hard or complicated as it looks. Well, what about all that full catering and caring you have to do to make sure you are growing the way they should and not dying? All that detailed catering is super easy and even fun when you know the right things to do and the right time to affect them in your vegetable garden.


Tips For Starting a Vegetable Garden

Location Matters

One of the cheapest business advice states that for a business to succeed, three things are necessary: location, location and location! True to form, if you are starting a vegetable garden from scratch, location is key to the productivity of your vegetable garden. The location of your garden determines its success to a great extent.

Your garden must be positioned appropriately enough to maximize every square inch of its space such that it receives adequate protection from weather elements such as frost and wind, it is close to a good water source and receives sufficient sunlight.

Dear, starting vegetable gardener, the necessity of the sun for your vegetable garden cannot be over-emphasized. Your plants need exposure to sunlight so note that tall plants should be placed where they would not block smaller plants from receiving sunlight.

Use The Right Soil Type

In starting a vegetable garden, your soil is important. It is, after all, where your desired veggies are germinating from. If you happen to be an organic farmer then good for you and your vegetables of course. Unlike, chemical agriculture which when abused, severely drain all nutrients from the soil, leaving it impoverished.

Organic farming gives back to the soil as much as it takes from it. While you need to start your vegetable garden in good, decent soil, maximum results can be achieved by feeding the soil with organic nutrients such as homemade compost, animal manure, shredded leaves, and alfalfa meal.

Watering Your Plant

Watering your plants wisely helps to bring out the best in your first attempts at keeping a vegetable garden. This can be achieved through natural means such as rainfall, manual watering or irrigation. Automatic timers can be set to make watering less stressful. Note that your freshly seeded beds would require continuous watering, while one or two inches is adequate for plants that are already grown.

Choose Vegetables According To Your Expertise

For beginners, there are several vegetables this level of expertise can handle efficiently; for instance, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, beans, radishes, squash (zucchini) and beets. Note that fruit plants require much sunlight to thrive if you are going to cultivate them and never plant too early or too late if you want the best results. Be informed and up to date on the right time to plant any particular vegetable. There is nothing more discouraging to a first-time vegetable gardener than a poor-yielding garden.

Do Not Over Fertilize

Try as much as possible not to over-fertilize. This mistake is common with most new gardeners. Do not be too liberal in using fertilizer on your vegetable garden as too much nitrogen in your food garden can increase the level of abundant greenery in your garden but reduce crop yield. Not a good thing, right?

You Need Insects and Bugs

One smart way to attract bugs and insects that are good for your garden is to plant-friendly flowers in between your vegetables. Zinnias and sunflowers are suitable options.

Space Your Plants

Space your plants effectively by trellising[1]. Like most living things, your veggies need some space to flourish and grow out. Trellising is an effective way to achieve this.


Be assured that your vegetable garden will be an effortless success if you follow these tips. As a starting vegetable gardener, you may cover up loose ends by keeping records and making notes when you start. There are several good garden planners on the internet to adopt for this. Your notes should be saved for future seasons to prevent you from making previous mistakes. You are 100% good to go using these simple tips.


[1] Trellising – Link


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