Not only is a putting out a vegetable garden a way to healthy eating, but it in itself can be very rewarding. When you are planning a vegetable garden, you have the satisfaction of knowing they are healthy and there were no harmful chemicals put on them. You can grow only the vegetables that you and your family love.
Sometimes people are turned off by vegetable gardens, arguing that they will be too difficult or time-consuming. In fact, it really can be simple and fun! If you follow some simple steps, you can create a great source for enjoyment and have healthy, delicious vegetables your family will enjoy eating.
You will want to pick a spot in an area that receives a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight daily for your vegetable garden. If you have a more shaded area, leafy plants like spinach and lettuce are better choices as they are more tolerant of shade.
If you do not have the best soil you can improve it with compost, leaf mold, rotted manure, peat moss, or other organic matter. It is hard to grow things in clay soil, but it is not impossible. You can add some vermiculite or humus to help improve the drainage. To test your soil, take a handful and squeeze tightly. When you release your hand, the soil should crumble slightly but retain the basic shape.
Mulching around the plants in your vegetable garden in early summer is crucial. A thick layer of mulch applied will improve the moisture retention in the area around the plants as well as deter weeds and some insects. Good mulch products include compost, straw, hay, or shredded bark.
If you are planning a vegetable garden for the long term, then you should think about putting in a drip irrigation system for watering your garden. Your vegetables will get water directly from your drip irrigation system in their roots where the vegetables need it most. You can also put a timer on the irrigation system that will allow the system to come on at the time you have it set for.
One of the most important parts of planning a vegetable garden is to choose your vegetables that you want to plant and which will grow well in your garden. You will want to pick out vegetables that you and your family will eat. Some people like to grow things for the sake of doing it and don’t even like what they are growing. Remember, not all of your neighbors might enjoy them either!
When you are able to feed your kids homegrown, top quality vegetables it really is a great feeling. You are doing your very best for them and they can only benefit from your hard work. Don’t let a lack of experience put you off or knock your confidence. Even the experts had to start somewhere. If you follow their lead, with a bit of effort and dedication you will reap the benefits for years to come.