Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable Gardening Made Simple

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.

Why Vegetable Gardening? Easy....Health!

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 vegetable gardening. Vegetable gardening encourages people to share their experiences and expertise, which leads to a more fulfilling life.

Food is Fuel

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.

How to Start a Garden

When you are considering how to start gardening, it is important to ask yourself two things:

  1. What vegetables do I want to grow?
  2. How and where will I grow these vegetables?
Make a list of what you want to grow in your garden, and we will help you learn how to grow vegetables, and, when to plant vegetables. If you are limited by space, try starting out with raised beds. Now that you've decided on what you want to grow, it's time to plan!

How To Start A Garden

How to Plan

Your success will depend on how well you plan your vegetable garden. Pay careful attention to:

  • Sunlight - your garden needs at least six hours daily
  • Soil conditions - the best soil is loamy and friable
  • Drainage - pooling water replaces air in the soil and suffocates roots
  • Excessibility of water - you will need daily watering
  • Crop Rotation - use a 2-3 year rotation to control plant diseases
  • Adjacent trees and shrubs - these may steal nutrients from your soil
  • Companion Planting - plan to plant mutually beneficial vegetables together

The Right Steps

These are the general steps you should take to begin gardening:

  1. Research the vegetables you want to grow so you know when to plant and how to grow.
  2. Draw out your desired garden planting plan on paper - find out each vegetable's needs for spacing, sunlight, shade and water.
  3. Select a good location.
  4. Prepare your soil.
  5. Plant your seeds/seedlings with care, so they thrive.
  6. Water and weed so that your plants aren't robbed of nutrients.
  7. Protect your garden - consider building a garden fence.

What Size of Garden Do I Need?

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.

Garden Tools and Equipment

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.

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