Are you looking for a new fulfilling pastime? Now’s a great time to establish your very own vegetable garden! Gardening is a fun way to spend time outdoors, and it’s super rewarding to see your plants grow over time. Even better, a vegetable garden can put some fresh and flavorful produce on your table. If you would like to get started yet don’t know the first thing about how to care for a vegetable garden, these tips can point you in the right direction. We also include some beginner-friendly veggies that are simple to grow. With a bit of research and planning, you can immerse yourself in this delightful hobby and hone your green thumb!
Doesn’t Have to Be Big
Converting a large portion of your yard into a vegetable garden is a daunting task, and more so for any beginner. Make it easier by starting small, and you can expand your layout in the upcoming years. You can start your garden by using one or two moderately sized raised beds or outdoor box planters. They’re much more manageable than tending to your plants by rows anyway.
The best way to create space efficiency in your vegetable garden, especially if you’re starting with small beds, is to grow upward! Certain vegetables come from vining plants, such as string beans, cucumbers and summer squash. You can purchase or fashion a homemade trellis from wood or string to give your growing plants something to cling to for support. Harvesting will be much easier when you can pick your produce off the vertical supports.
This may require a bit more research on your part when deciding what to grow. If you plan to continuously grow vegetables throughout the next several spring to fall seasons, you must be mindful of a crop rotation plan in order not to deplete soil nutrients. In addition to finding out which growing conditions and nutrients grow the best veggies, keep a notebook, spreadsheet, or some other type of record of your crop rotation. For help with this, check out the online Old Farmers Almanac Garden Planner.
Easiest Vegetables To Grow
Resilient plants are the easiest to grow. Try planting your favorite variety of lettuce, or hearty root vegetables like carrots and radishes. String bean, tomato, and summer squash plants grow in abundance. These will also need plenty of sunlight and those trellises mentioned earlier. Cucumbers are another easy vegetable to grow. You can enjoy these in a salad or experiment with homemade pickles. Also, there’s no shame in taking a shortcut! It may be easier and faster to buy some seedlings, and plant those instead of sowing seeds.
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