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Vegetable gardening is a great way to cut down on food costs while giving yourself something fun to do throughout the year in your downtime. Fortunately, growing great-tasting vegetables isn’t too difficult once you get the hang of it.
To help you on your road to planning your first vegetable garden, here are a few key things you ought to know:
- You need an area with good sunlight. The average food garden in the U.S. is approximately 600 square feet. But you don’t need a lot of space to get started on your vegetable garden. What you do need is a spot in your yard that gets a lot of sunlight and is convenient for you to reach. Good sunlight ensures your vegetables have the right growing conditions they need to give you bushels of veggies.
- The soil you use is important. Unless you’re growing native plants, the type of soil you use is essential for your vegetable garden’s success. The soil that’s in the ground doesn’t often have the vitamins and nutrients your vegetable garden needs. Consider the types of vegetables you plan on growing and then research what kind of soil and garden supplies you’ll need.
- You need to invest in garden supplies. A vegetable garden requires regular maintenance in order for you to see the fruits of your labor. Look into the types of garden supplies you’ll need throughout the year such as a watering can, which you’ll need on an ongoing basis. Other tasks such as staking and mulching will only need to be done every so often throughout the year.
- You can choose both vegetable plants and seeds. You don’t necessarily need to start out with seeds when you’re beginning your vegetable garden. Many gardeners choose to invest in vegetable plants that they can plant directly into their gardens. Consider which option works best for you, or incorporate both plants and seeds into your garden.
- Be prepared for pests. When you’re new to vegetable gardening, the threat of potential pests may not seem very big. But pest control is a major part of vegetable gardening. Avoid using chemicals to keep pests at bay. Instead, introduce ladybugs and other creatures to your garden that can help to control garden pests naturally.
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