How To Start A Vegetable Garden From Scratch?

If you are fond of gardening and are thinking to cultivate one of your own, chances are that you are gathering information regarding it. However, if you don’t know how and where to start, you are in the right place. Here, we are going to discuss how to start a vegetable garden from scratch. Although making a vegetative garden might seem difficult, it is actually not very tough. All those plants need to grow well is light, water and air. If you provide these, your garden will flourish.

Select the right location

If you want to successfully grow a vegetable garden, keep in mind that plants need a lot of air and sunshine to grow well. You need to carefully observe your garden area and watch where the sunlight comes through and where it goes. Also, pay attention to the surrounding trees that may create shade underneath them and might block the airflow. Don’t plant a lot of seedlings in a small area or beside fence for adequate air circulation.

Know the types of beds you will need

Decide early in the planting process which type of bed you will use for your vegetation.  There are several types of beds that you can prepare such as square footbeds, pots and direct plantation in the soil. You can also use two or more beds combined. 

Decide if you want to begin with seeds or starter plants

If you are a beginner, go for small plant starters rather than sowing seeds in the soil and waiting for plants to appear. Choose the plants which have a stronger stem and deep colour. However, seeds which need to be grown in the soil directly like carrots, beans, lettuce etc., carefully read the package and follow the instructions.

Plan out a watering schedule

You need to make a watering schedule for your plants except if it rains daily in your locality. You can either install a watering system or can water by hand too. If you water by hand, you can also inspect the plants for any weeds and bugs.

Beware of the pests

Pests and insects are universal enemies for the vegetation. You need to be very watchful of keeping your plants pest-free. To obtain organic fruits and vegetables, you should keep away from commercial pesticides and insecticides. You can opt for natural weed control for chemical-free maintenance and maximise soil nutrients to the plants.

Use of fertilizers

Fertilizers are also the must-haves to provide plants mineral-rich soil for healthy growth. Natural fertilizers are imperative if you want organic growth. However, you should be careful of not over-fertilizing the soil as it will lead to greater insect invasion.

Know what to plant and when

Carry out some research about the vegetables that grow well in your region and plant those in your garden. This is especially so if you are a beginner and have little experience in vegetative growth. You can take help from your local nurseries and gardeners about which plants will grow well in which season. Some examples are tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, spinach, beans etc.

With all the home-grown vegetation, you need not rush to the grocery store for a quick home cooking as you can choose to cook from the variety of veggies blooming in your backyard.