12 Easy Vegetable Garden Ideas for the Beginning Gardener.
Planning your first vegetable garden?
Need some garden ideas?
Don't be overwhelmed. Keep it simple, and you will easily find success.
A square foot garden is a great and simple way to get started with your first vegetable garden.
1. Watch for fall clearances on garden tools and supplies.
This gives you a chance to stock up for next season at reduced prices.
It is possible to find bargains this time of year even in hot climates where planting goes on virtually non-stop throughout the seasons.
Garden centers like to clear the decks of bulky quantities of peat moss, planter mixes, mulches, and bagged manures to make room for Christmas merchandise.
2. In warm regions, a garden location that includes light afternoon shade can be better than full sun.
Plants are less likely to dry out, be scorched, or sunburn given an afternoon break from direct sunshine.
Lightly shaded areas give the widest choice for growing a diverse vegetable garden including sun loving plants and those partial to an area a bit more shady.
3. Invest in a few high-quality garden implements to make gardening chores much easier.
4. For a quick, inexpensive vegetables gardening idea, turn a wooden tub, half whiskey barrel, or old watering trough into a vegetable garden planter.
Be sure the containers have drainage holes!
5. For gardeners who have a running stream into a pond on their property, plant watercress to enjoy these delicious greens in garden salads.
6. Although, you do not want to see bunnies nibbling on the vegetables as if it is an all day buffet, rabbit manure with it's high nitrogen content makes a good fertilizer for vegetable garden beds.
Kept as pets in pens, feed the rabbits from gardening wastes. (Remember Mr. McGregor chasing Peter Rabbit out of his vegetable garden!)
7. Pumpkins can be grown successfully anywhere in the USA.
If you want to try for an enormous world record sized pumpkin, start with seeds that are bred for growing large sizes.
Be careful, as the habit can become an addiction!
8. Drop sufficient hints that all you want for Christmas is vegetables gardening books, seeds and tools.
9. A gift idea for that special someone who loves to garden is a basket filled with such items as a pair of gloves, seed packets, hand tools, and garden center gift certificates.
10. Spread an inch or two of compost over asparagus, rhubarb beds, and other perennial plants to gradually release nutrients and rebuild vigor in the vegetable garden.
11. Keep mulch an inch away from the plant stems. Mulching too close may suffocate or bruise tender plants.
12. Install a water fountain or waterfall if possible.
Dripping water sounds attract birds and soothe the gardener.
Flycatchers, swallows, and warblers are among our fine feathered friends who consume a large number of insects.
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