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Vegetable Gardening Starter Guide

Jul 7, 2008
Did you know that gardening is one of the most popular hobbies, enjoyed by thousands worldwide? Gardening can be categorized into many different types, but vegetable gardening is, by far, the most popular. Vegetable gardening allows us to spend time outside in the fresh air, and it provides us with a garden full of fresh produce for our families.

If you want to try your hand at vegetable gardening, you probably want to make it look as nice as possible. Maybe you realize how beautiful a nice garden can be, and how it can increase the overall value of your home. Perhaps you simply want to enjoy working on your new project, and make it a success. Here are a few vegetable gardening ideas that will increase the chances of success of your new garden.

Proper Planning - Vegetable gardening will require you to plan the layout of your garden carefully. Many plants need more light than others and if your garden is partially shaded, you might want to keep the full sun plants out of that area. Some plants also grow better next to others and they may actually provide some natural pest repellent in the form of a symbiotic relationship.

Rotate Your Crops - Crop rotation is not just for large gardens or farms. If the same vegetables are planted in the same location regularly, the soil's nutrients will be used up very quickly. Rotating your crops annually will ensure that the plants receive the maximum benefit from the soil.

Preparation - You're going to have to prepare the ground properly in order to make the most of your vegetable gardening hobby. Whether your space is large or small, this is probably one of the most important steps in making sure that your garden is a success. You need to turn the ground over, either by using a spade or a tiller. Rake out as many of the larger rocks as possible. If the ground is unusually hard to manage, you can mix in some peat moss to soften it up.

Add Nutrients - Your garden isn't finished as soon as you finish planting. You still need to add nutrients on a daily basis. At the end of the year, spread the compost out of the garden, and then turn it into the soil in the spring.

Pests - Since you are dealing with a vegetable garden, any pest control methods should be organic, so that you are not introducing dangerous chemicals into your food. Releasing ladybugs into your vegetable garden is one of the best ways to deal with pests. Check your plants regularly, and remove any diseased plants, as diseases can spread. Throw away these plants, and do not put them into your compost pile.

Tender Loving Care - If you wish to have a thriving garden, you need to keep up your vegetable gardening hobby through the growing season. It might be easy in the beginning, when you are eager to start something new, but it gets harder as time goes on. If you think about it, keeping up with your vegetable gardening project doesn't really take that much time, as long as you do a little bit every day. If you do, you will definitely reap the rewards from your consistent efforts.

I hope these ideas will get your creativity going and help you think about starting your own vegetable gardening project. There are many more ideas available on the Internet. By using just a few of these ideas, you will be able to have a nice garden and fresh vegetables for your family.
About the Author
Kirsten Huntington is a gardening enthusiast and a self-proclaimed green thumb. For more great vegetable gardening tips , check out Gardening Tips and Advice .
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