This site is about vegetable gardening. It is written by gardeners, for gardeners. Our purpose is to encourage our community, whether local or online, to share our passion for healthy living. Whether you work your own garden, or reap the benefits of others' vegetables, we want to give you all the information you need to grow quality vegetables for your family.
Stress decreases when people have a strong community around them - where they feel safe, are cared for, and care for others. We find that vegetable gardening is one of those things that creates great community. We are often still surprised at how easy it is get to know someone by starting a conversation about what they grow in their garden. Gardening encourages people to share their experiences and expertise, which leads to a more fulfilling life.
Growing vegetables is accomplished in many ways, and much of it is done with unhealthy soil, chemicals or is genetically modified. Essential nutrients that prevent disease and aid in maintaining a healthy immune system are found primarily in vegetables. If you want to give yourself the best chance of living a healthy life, consider fueling your body with the highest quality vegetables possible. Organic gardening is recommended if you grow your own garden, but we would also like to suggest buying from your local farmers' market, so that you can support your local community.
When you are considering how to start gardening, it is important to ask yourself two things:
Your success will depend on how well you plan your vegetable garden. Pay careful attention to:
These are the general steps you should take to begin gardening:
If you are growing vegetables for the first time, ensure that you do not overextend yourself by planting too large a garden. A site that is 3m x 5m should provide enough food for a family of two to four. Of course this is highly subjective and dependent on how many vegetables you like to eat! Asking vegetable gardening neighbors will probably give you the best idea of what a garden can yield in your area.
Do you have have all the garden tools that you need? You can start a garden without spending a lot of money. Basic gardening tools have remained the same for hundreds of years; the essential tools include shovels(round and square), a rake, a hoe, a trowel, and, a hose and watering can. Vegetable gardening requires more intensive digging than flower gardening, and therefore it is important to find tools that ensure you can easily maintain a comfortable posture while using in your garden. Consider using a garden tiller to prepare your soil.
If you have already been growing vegetables for a while, or want to become more serious about your crop production, you can begin to add tools and equipment that will provide efficiency and time-saving.