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Discover the Satisfaction of Having Your Own Vegetable Garden

Mar 27, 2008
Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetable garden? One of the most satisfying feelings is that of eating food that you have grown yourself. Home grown foods are also better for you, and you can save money on groceries besides. If you want a garden but don't quite know where to start, here are some basics to get you started.

First of all, think about where you will plant your garden. Because vegetables need a lot of sunlight to grow, you will need to choose an area that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day. Soil quality and drainage is another factor that needs to be considered. If the soil isn't of good quality, you might have to add a commercial soil to give it the nourishment your plants need.

All gardens need to be located in an area that is near a water source, at least within range of a long water hose that can be used for watering. There can't be too much soil moisture, however. Your garden won't grow very well in boggy soil.

After you have decided on the location for your garden, it's time to prepare the soil. You can hire someone to till the ground, rent a roto-tiller or, if the area is small, use an old fashioned shovel. Don't try to dig when the ground is too wet. In fact, there should be very little moisture at all. If the ground has never been tilled before, it may need to be tilled two or three times before it is ready for planting. Be sure that you rake out any weeds or grass. If your soil needs fertilizer or other enhancements, this is the time to add it. Follow the directions on the package for the correct amount to use for your type of soil.

Now, choose your plants. Of course, you'll want to choose vegetables that you like to eat. But, you also need to take into account the amount of space they need to grow, whether they will grow well in your climate and how difficult they are to grow. Choose plants for your first garden that do not require heavy maintenance and that are easy to grow.

Once you have decided what vegetables to plant, get ready to plant them. Depending on the type of plants, you'll want to create rows or mounds evenly in the area. Vegetables that are grown from seed may need to be started in small pots and protected inside the house before planting them in the ground. Seedlings or larger plants can be put directly into the garden.

Pay close attention to the weather before you start planting. Be sure that all danger of frost has passed before planting your garden. You also don't want to plant right before, or after, a heavy rain.

It is not extremely difficult to grow your own vegetables. You can find informational material online or get gardening books from the library or book store. Having your own vegetable garden is a very satisfying project.
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For more information on Vegetable Gardening visit GuideForGardeners.com, a website that provides tips and information on all types of gardening.
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