Growing your own vegetables is both rewarding and fun. It can be both a hobby and a food source.
Vegetable gardening consists of selecting a spot in your garden to plant, planning your garden, preparing the soil, choosing the vegetables and fruits to plant, planting the seeds and seedlings, and taking care of them until they’re ready to be harvested.
And the end result? Fresh, sweet, and delicious fruits and vegetables that you can eat, share, and even sell!
If you’re still a beginner, home gardening and planting your own vegetable garden can be both scary and exciting. It can be daunting to know how and where to start, but once you know what to do, you’ll never want to stop growing your own crops!
It may take some time, money, and even a little talent to start your own home gardening, but with patience and practice, your skills will improve and you’ll find success, especially with these tips!
Limited space? You may want to consider growing vegetables in pots for beginners!
How To Get Started Home Gardening
Choosing The Right Spot
Choose a spot in your yard where your vegetables can get full sun with easy access to water and well-draining soil.
Avoid places where there are trees and large shrubs as they will compete with your plant’s needs for sunlight, water, and even minerals and nutrients.
Make sure that the plants can get at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight.
If you’re planting leafy greens like kale, chard, lettuce, and spinach, these veggies require at least eight hours of sun, while those that are grown for their storage roots like beets, radishes, and turnips, need at least six hours of sun. Other plants that are grown for their fruits like cucumbers, tomatoes, and squash, need eight to ten hours of sunlight.
Another important aspect of gardening is water. Water makes up at least 90 percent of your plant’s weight. If water is hard to transport, choose a spot in your garden where there’s a portable water supply to make watering easier.
On average, plants need at least one inch of water every week. When watering, water the soil and not the plant as diseases may spread when the leaves are splashed with water.
Planning The Type Of Garden
Gardening is not just planting some seeds and watching them grow.
It’s also important to consider what type of garden you’ll want such as:
- Planting in pots and containers if you have limited space
- Using raised garden beds
- In-ground gardens
Knowing What To Plant
Grow what you like to eat.
There are a lot of different vegetables you can start growing in your garden like:
- Swiss Chard
Preparing The Soil
Once you know what kind of vegetables you’re planning to plant, the next step is to prepare the soil for planting.
The soil should be well-draining and can hold water long enough for the soil to dry slowly.
The soil needs to be light and fluffy. It shouldn’t be too dense or tightly packed as the plant’s roots need to have access to oxygen and should be able to retain moisture.
For beginner gardeners, you can choose an organic potting mix. You may also want to add compost made of organic materials to the soil to help add proper nutrients and minerals.
Pest And Disease Management
Believe it or not, pests are attracted to stressed plants so it’s important to keep the plants healthy and happy.
Remove dead and diseased plants and discard them immediately. Remove any weeds.
When watering your plants, make sure to water the soil and the root area only, and not the leaves. Using drip irrigation and soaker hoses can help reduce standing water on the foliage.
Make sure to examine your plants, including the underside of the leaves, for any damages or pests. Check your garden at night once the snails and slugs are out. Caterpillars may be the same color as the leaves, so look closely.
When needed, use organic pesticide to remove and prevent pests from infiltrating your garden.
You might also like: Tools for gardening for beginners.
You don’t need to be a pro when it comes to having a home garden!
As long as you know what to do, you’ll be successful in growing your plants.