The Basics of Starting a Vegetable Garden

The Basics of Starting a Vegetable Garden
by Jackie Lee

Not a lot of people try planting vegetable gardens these days, especially not in the city. What with the busy lifestyle, constrained spaces, and pollution, it seems inconceivable that a vegetable garden would survive. The fact is, you can actually grow them even if you are smack in the middle of a busy city. It’s only important that you get the basics of planting vegetable gardens right.

The first basic to planting a vegetable garden is what you will put the plants in. If you are going to plant directly in the ground you want a good mix of sandy and clay soil. This will let your plants have water, but also let the water drain. You can ammend soil by adding compost or other organic matter. If you don’t have room to plant in the ground you can plant your veggies in a pot or a larger container. For this you will want to get potting soil.

When creating a vegetable garden directly in the ground, which isn’t the only option. You are going to need to till up the soil. This means you need a roto tiller or some other device to loosen and bring air into the soil. Loosening the soil also provides plenty of drainage and allows seeds to sprout up out of the soil. If you are planting in a grassy area, you need to remove as much of the grass as possible from the newly tilled soil, especially if you are dealing with Bermuda grass. Make sure to remove rocks as well. You want the soil to be as smooth as possible.Plant Stuff

Once you have finished cultivating the soil where you want to plant your vegetables, pick what kind of vegetable you want to grow there. Keep in mind that some vegetables don’t grow well when you plant them too close to certain types of other vegetables. Potatoes, for example, shouldn’t be planted too close to squash or tomatoes because it inhibits their growth. They can be planted in the same garden, just don’t plant them beside each other.

After you’ve gotten your plants put it the ground you need to make sure you water on a regular basis. You need to make sure you give your plants enough water to soak down into the soil, and not just on the top. When you water “deep” it allows the roots to grow a big network that will take care of the plant when the heat of the summer comes. A soaker hose is a great tool for watering your vegetable garden. It provides water directly to the roots of the plant and at a slow enough rate the water can really soak into the ground.

Planting vegetable gardens require manual labor (yes, actual work), and a lot of patience. The rewards are very well worth it, though. Especially for people who are concerned about their health. Growing your own vegetables makes sure that there’s the least amount of poisonous (and in the long run, carcinogenic) particulates in it as possible.

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