Vegetable gardening at home can be a great way to save money while still getting close to nature and enjoying a bountiful harvest.
Nothing beats the satisfaction of pulling up some fresh radish or carrots and harvesting some ripe tomatoes for your family to enjoy.
But how easy is it to start your own vegetable garden at home?
It takes a lot to start a vegetable garden. From choosing the right vegetables to grow and picking the place to start planting, if you’re on the hunt for vegetable garden ideas and how to get started, look no further.
Check out these vegetable garden ideas at home you can try.
Have a small space? Try out container vegetable gardening!
Start With A Small Space
If you’re a beginner, it’s best to start small. It’s best to learn about gardening basics before you invest a lot of time and money in a smaller space.
A good size for a beginner vegetable garden is 6 by 6 feet. If you have a more limited space, you can also start growing vegetables in containers and place them in your yard, balcony, or a sunny deck.
Choose The Right Spot
For vegetables to yield fast, they need full sun.
Choose a spot in your garden where the vegetables can get at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day, without trees, fences, and shrubs blocking access to the sun.
If you don’t have a spot with direct sunlight, plant vegetables that can tolerate partial shade like:
If the place only has at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day, root vegetables such as radishes, carrots, and beets are more ideal.
Access To Water
The closer the garden space is to a water source, the better.
After the seeds start to germinate or the seedlings are transplanted, water the plants frequently to produce strong stems and root systems.
Once the plants are established, give the garden a long drink every few days rather than sprinkling water every day. Doing so will encourage the roots to grow deeper and have better access to nutrients to stay healthy.
Installing drip irrigation and soaker hours can also help minimize water waste and help you to spend less time and money on watering.
Start Plants In Rich Soil
To ensure the best harvest and healthy crops, give your plants the best soil you can.
A rich and healthy soil is easy to dig and drains well. It should not feel gritty and should not have too much sand. It should also not feel too sticky when wet and not too powdery.
A healthy soil has the right combination of sand, silt, and clay, holds water well without drowning the plant.
To prepare the soil, mix in some compost made of organic materials and water it thoroughly. Allow the soil to rest for a few days before you start planting.
Be Ready For Pests And Diseases
Weeds compete with the vegetables for water, light, and nutrients so it’s important to keep them away from your plants.
Surround the root area of the plants with a mulch of clean straw, newspaper, or compost to keep weeds at bay.
Deter destructive insects such as caterpillars and large pests: Pick them off by hand then drop them into a bucket of soapy water. If your garden is infested with a large number of insects, make sure to use insecticidal soap spray.
Use a trellis for compact, small gardens to make the most out of the space for your crops to grow.
Installing a trellis is beneficial for companion planting and will give your plants more room to grow and will keep their stems stronger.
New to gardening and still exploring? You may want to try hydroponic vegetables gardening.
Having a vegetable garden at home can be challenging, but for sure, once you gain success, you’ll be rewarded with great yields.
Do you have any other tips on how you can successfully garden at home, especially with a limited space?