There is a certain charm in taking care of a vegetable garden at home. Not only does your effort go into something productive and not only does this activity help you relax and release the stress, but you would be able to pick all the veggies at the end and cook a great meal out of them. However, it is not an easy task and we know that. So we’ve gathered the most important tips you need to follow.
Vegetable gardening for Beginners
Choose the appropriate veggies
For sure, there are certain vegetables that you prefer to plant and take care of and you better make a list of those first, as not all of those would be suitable for your garden. Some vegetables would require different climate, while others may grow well in your area, but could require soil different than the one at your place. That is why, research thoroughly the short-listed plants and make an educated choice.
Pick the right location
Once you know what you are going to plant, you need to figure out the best location. Compromising on that could result in a poor production afterwards. Two factors are key here: sun and consistency. Almost all of the vegetables you could plant prefer more sunlight. However, too much sun is never okay, so make sure you won’t let your plants burn during the summer. Also think about the condition of the location you choose under all types of meteorological condition. You do not want to plant where it gets easily flooded or where the wind is especially strong. Vegetables love stable environments.
Choose an initial growth pattern
There are two most common options: you are either planting seeds indoors and later in the spring once they are small plants you are moving them outdoors, or you are buying plants to put directly in the soil. Choose what works best for your case.
Take good care
Once the vegetables are in the soil, you need to keep up with your efforts. Watering is essential and you need to plan it in advance and be aware it could take some part of each of your days, especially during the hotter summer days. In addition, you will need to fertilize the soil and add compost from time to time. Also there are some pests, which are specifically common for certain types of vegetables. Research those and make sure you take some preventive measures or otherwise all your production and efforts could go to waste.
And the expert tips and tricks
Choose quality over quantity
You could easily fall into the trap of wanting to plant everything. However, there are multiples problems with that. First comes the issue with overcrowding the garden. Your space is surely limited and planting too many vegetables won’t be good for any of them. In addition, they all require different maintenance patterns and you will hardly succeed into giving them what they need when they need it. The outcomes in these scenarios are almost always negative. If you decide to focus on a limited selection of plants, you are much more likely to grow a gorgeous vegetable garden.
Plant some blooming flowers
Planting veggies only is never a good idea. On the contrary, planting some blooming flowers would bring the bees, butterflies, and ladybugs which is exactly what you want in this case, as they boost crop pollination.
Learn from your mistakes
You will find plenty of information and multiple guides on the topic. And they would be helpful for sure, but none of them would be specific to your garden and its needs. So once you start a vegetable garden, keep record of what works and what not. Try to figure out the reasons and the factors both behind your failure and your success. Thus, year after year your place will yield more and more.