Growing vegetables can take some hard work but it is a lot of fun and is very rewarding. When that plant finally yields its produce and you are able to go out and pick your cucumber and tomatoes and lettuce and make your own salad it is very satisfying indeed. And in today’s climate of having little to no money for groceries, especially the more expensive fresh rather than canned foods, growing a vegetable garden is cost effective too. You do not have to be an expert gardener to grow vegetables but there are some basic pointers on growing a vegetable garden that can help get you going.
Outdoor or containers
You have two ways of growing your vegetables either outdoors or in containers. Whichever you opt for both need to be located where there is lots of sun. Therefore of outdoors you have a lot of trees putting your garden into shade then you need to do some trimming. If you choose containers then if they are not too big you can choose to move them around to where the sun is during the day.
Basic Pointers on Growing a Vegetable Garden in containers
Container gardening suits people if they do not have much garden space. Most vegetables can be grown in containers, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, squash and so on but they will need containers that are at least one gallon in size – some need a lot more. Simply fill them with a compost and then plant the seeds of your choice. Have them in a warm place and then you can transplant them when it is time or buy starter plants. Make sure you put holes in the bottom of the containers and have them sitting on bricks or something similar for draining.
Basic Pointers on Growing a Vegetable Garden outdoors
When choosing where to put your outdoors vegetable garden remember the key thing is somewhere that gets the sun. Work out how much square footage you are giving up to it so that you know how much fertilizer to buy and how many plants you can have. Once you have properly prepared the soil by weeding, tilling, fertilizing and watering you can plant either seeds or starter plants. Allow the vegetables room to grow so avoid overcrowding. From seeds germination varies based on what vegetable it is but can be a week up to six weeks. Keep the soil moist but do not over water so that it looks like a puddle.
Remember nature has its own watering system called rain – if it rains you do not need to water. This is true whether they are in a container outside or in the garden. Use a gentle spray when you do have to water them and if there is no sprinkler ban set it in the garden to water for a couple of hours. You will also need to weed when necessary and consider having a fence around your garden if you do not already to keep out critters that will eat or ruin your hard work!