Vegetable gardening tips for planning, designing and planting a garden indoors or outdoors. Container, vertical, potted, and raised bed vegetable garden ideas and information.
Whether you are planning an indoor or outdoor vegetable garden, here are a few easy gardening tips to help you get started.
Vegetable gardening is one of the few ways to save money, enjoy delicious food, and connect with mother nature all at the same time!
A small container, square foot, or potted vegetable garden is one of the easiest types of garden to grow especially for a beginner vegetable garden.
When designing and planting a vegetable garden, remember that the most important requirements are a minimum of 6 hours of sunshine for your plants in the location you choose, and access to a source of water.
Although many vegetables will grow in not-so-perfect conditions, it helps to be aware of a few basics that will help your plants produce their best crops:
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Whether you are planning and designing a container or patio garden, or a traditional back yard garden, it is important to plan your garden carefully.
During hot rainless weather, or when plants are very young and have small root systems, proper watering will be important to your gardening success.
Thorough deep watering is better than short shallow watering, as these tend to encourage your plants roots to stay on the surface where they can be damaged by sun and hoeing.
After planting vegetable seeds, it is very difficult for most gardeners to thin their small plants to the proper spacing.
Here is the problem:
We wait anxiously for the seeds to sprout.
It is so exciting to see them start to grow.
It seems horrible and cruel to pull up the baby plants necessary to provide proper space for the remaining plants.
But get tough; it is necessary to do this, as your plants will not develop properly if they are over-crowded!
With carrots and lettuce, sometimes I try to wait until they are big enough to eat; even if they are only half-a-bite size. This seems to help!
You will need to have the proper tools for the type of garden you are planning.
You can provide enough fresh vegetables to be worthwhile with a just few plants grown in containers on the patio, or provide all the vegetables your family will need for the coming year in a traditional backyard garden.
There is much satisfaction in eating the delicious bounty of your garden, and sometimes having extras to share with friends and neighbors.
A few minutes in the quiet of the early morning or evening spent caring for the garden plants can be a very good way to relax and let go of the stresses of the day.
Also, some parents say that their children are more inclined to eat their vegetables if they have had a hand in planting ,caring for, and perhaps choosing some of the types of seeds or plants to be grown in the vegetable garden!
Having your own garden will bring many delights and much satisfaction for the entire family. You will be well rewarded for your planning and efforts, with fresh healthy food and a boost to your budget as well!
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