Grow A Small Vegetable Garden
Planting a small vegetable garden is almost as much fun as harvesting. If you want to make your own garden, here are several ways to grow a small vegetable garden. Choose to plant a small vegetable garden using raised beds or planters if the soil is not fertile or has poor drainage. Using raised beds also minimizes the stooping required for weeding and planting. In addition, raised bed soil warms earlier than the surrounding ground. Make a raised bed by stacking 2-inch thick treated boards into a 4×4 foot square until 12 inches high. Support the boards with stakes on the outside. Fill the planter with enriched soil until about 3 inches below the top edge of the planter box. Construct raised beds in traditional squares or rectangles, as stepped boxes for more plantings or as a planter with a trellis for pole beans.
Grow vegetables in containers all year round since they can move from indoors to the patio or deck and the backyard. Plant vegetables like lettuce, carrots and radishes that take up little garden space in a container garden. Rhubarb or squash quickly outgrow a container garden. Use a galvanized or plastic pail to grow vegetables in, as long as it is sturdy. If there are no drain holes, drill some around the base about an inch from the ground on the sides. Fill the container with a small garden mix of vermiculite, peat moss and fertilizer before planting.