Planting A Vegetable Garden
A vegetable garden is a pastime that not only produces food to enjoy, but also provides a great way to express your creativity. Starting a vegetable garden is possible for anyone. Most vegetables do best in full sun, so pick a site for your vegetable garden that is flat and gets a lot of sun. If you don’t have a large yard, or any yard, you can still have a vegetable garden in containers. Once you have selected your site, you should mark out how large you want your vegetable garden to be. It’s probably best to start small if you’ve never had a vegetable garden before. Gardens can be a lot of work with weeding, watering, and pest control. To prepare your vegetable garden to accept plants, you will have to get rid of the grass that is on the site. Once you have cleared the site, apply fertilizer and compost. A good slow-release, general purpose fertilizer will provide all the nutrients your plants need to give you lots of good healthy vegetables, and the compost improves drainage and makes it easier for roots to establish themselves, as well as adding nutrients to the soil. Mix these products with the soil using a tiller or rake. Water well so the fertilizer will begin to dissolve.
Now you’re ready to plant your vegetable garden. Plants need a lot more space than you might think, so follow the planting and spacing directions on the labels that come with the plants. After planting, water well and monitor the water situation by regularly sticking your finger into the soil down to the second knuckle. If you don’t feel dampness, the plants need more water. Mulch can help hold the water in, and it cuts down on weeding as well.